New Delhi: In a concerning development on Saturday, a man in Kolkata and a woman in Pune, both without any history of travelling abroad, tested positive for coronavirus, signalling the arrival of ‘stage three’ or ‘community transmission’ in the country. Also Read - Inmates-Prison Officials Clash in Kolkata Jail Over Restrictions Due to Coronavirus, Several Injured
The development came on a day there were reports of ‘limited local transmission‘ of coronavirus in some places in Nagpur. Put simply, ‘local transmission’ or ‘community transmission’ is a stage at which the person who has tested for coronavirus does not have any history of foreign travel nor did he/she contract the virus from a foreign returnee nor from someone who got the virus from an individual to have returned from abroad. Also Read - Bigg Boss 13 to be Telecast Again as Shoots Stand Suspended Due to Coronavirus Spread in India
According to reports, the woman patient is in her 40s and is among the 23 confirmed COVID-19 cases to have been reported from Pune. While she does not have any foreign travel history, she is said to have attended a wedding function in Navi Mumbai’s Vashi on March 3. Also Read - COVID19: KL Rahul Comes up With Unique #StayAtHomeChallenge Amid Coronavirus Pandemic | WATCH VIDEO
She tested positive after after her throat swabs were sent to National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune, to check for the possibility of swine flu (H1N1). She is currently on ventilator and details of her journey to Mumbai in a cab are being probed.
The Kolkata man, meanwhile, tested positive today after he was admitted on March 16 with fever and dry cough. The 57-year-old’s symptoms later intensified and he is currently in isolation and on ventilator.
His is the fourth confirmed case of coronavirus in West Bengal.
Maharashtra, meanwhile, is the worst-affected state in the country, having recorded 63 positive coronavirus cases thus far.