New Delhi: At a time when the confirmed cases of coronavirus are going up in the country, an Iran-returned Army officer was admitted to the isolation ward of a military hospital at Mhow in Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday. He was admitted to the hospital for suspected exposure to the coronavirus after returning from Iran. Also Read - Coronavirus: Centre Asks State Govts, Regulators to Ensure Supply of Drugs at Affordable Prices
As per updates, the 32-year-old Indian Army officer had returned on February 25 from Iran’s Tehran and was admitted to hospital after he complained of sore throat. Also Read - Coronavirus Outbreak: Govt Urges Radio, TV Channels to Publicise Advisory, Awareness Messages
“His condition is fine. He has been kept under medical observation in an isolation ward. His blood and swab samples are being sent to the National Institute of Virology in Pune for testing,” Dr Santosh Sisodia, district in-charge of Integrated Disease Surveillance Program, said. Also Read - ‘Take Specific Measures to Combat Coronavirus’: DGCA Issues Fresh Guidelines to Airlines, Airports
The development comes after Iran announced on Tuesday that 11 more people had died from the coronavirus in the country, taking the total death toll to 77 in that country. The latest updates show that 2,336 people have been infected with the virus in Iran since the COVID-19 outbreak.
In another development, a 27-year-old woman, who was studying in Italy, was also admitted to Indore’s state-run Maharaja Yashwantrao Hospital for the past two days for suspected exposure to COVID-19 virus. However, hospital sources said that she was tested negative for the virus.
“She had attended a party in Italy a few days ago and a person who was present there later tested positive for the virus. It scared her and she returned to Indore on Saturday,” hospital sources saisd.
Being the worst-affected country in the Europe, around 1,700 coronavirus infections have been reported in Italy alone and the death toll due to the virus has gone up to 52.