New Delhi: From enjoying ‘biryani’ at restaurants to visiting malls, from watching movies at PVR to buying groceries, the six positive coronavirus patients in Karnataka, including the deceased in Kalaburagi left no stone unturned to come in contact with people before they were isolated. In a bid to trace their contacts, the BS Yediyurappa-led Karnataka government has released a notification listing the places visited by them (six coronavirus patients). Also Read - After Recording India's First Coronavirus Death, Karnataka Closes Schools, Malls, Pubs For a Week
Notably, contact tracing is crucial as it helps curb the spread of the virus, which has killed more than 4,000 people globally. Also Read - 1st Coronavirus-Linked Death in India: Family Members of Karnataka Man Didn't Wait For Sample Test Result, Says Health Ministry
“Public is requested to call 104 helpline and inform the department on their presence at the place and time mentioned. This will help us in better contact tracing and further transmission of novel coronavirus in the community,” the state government said in a statement. Also Read - COVID-19: India Records First Coronavirus Death From Karnataka's Kalaburagi
Take a look at the contact history of six COVID-19 cases in Karnataka
Case Number 1: A techie who travelled from Austin, Texas was said to be Karnataka’s first case of coronavirus. On February 28 at around 4:11 PM, he took a flight from Austin to the John F Kennedy Airport in New York. He stayed there till 1:30 PM. From New York, he headed to Dubai on February 29. At 8.50 am on March 1, he landed at Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport. From the airport, he reached his home in Whitefield at 11 AM. For lunch, he visited Biryani Paradise at 2 PM.
A day later, he visited the Loyal City Supermarket in Whitefield between 2 PM and 3 PM. In the evening, he visited his workplace — Dell’s office in Divyashree Greens at 4 PM, where he remained till 10 PM.
On March 3, he watched a movie at Forum Value Mall at 10 AM. At 2 PM, he went to work and return to his home at around 10:30 PM.
Two days later, on March 5, he visited the RxDx clinic, at 10.30 AM. He was referred there by Manipal Hospital. He reached his home in Whitefield at 3.30 PM. He remained at home on March 6 and 7. On March 8, he visited the Mediwave Medical Store and Loyal Supermarket in Whitefield at 2.30 PM, and got admitted to the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Chest Diseases later that evening.
Case Number 2 and 3
The techie’s wife and child are second and third cases in Karnataka. Initially, the mother and the child were kept in isolation at the RGICD as a precaution. Later they too tested positive for COVID-19.
Case number 4
The fourth patient arrived in India on March 8 at 4:30 am from the USA in a flight which came via London. Upon landing and reaching his Bengaluru residence, the patient visited RGICD at 2:30 PM and his samples were collected for testing. A day later on March 9, he was taken in an ambulance to RGICD where he was admitted.
Case Number 5:
A software engineer employed at Google Inc in the city tested positive for COVID-19. The software engineer had travelled to Greece with his spouse on February 23 . The duo landed in Mumbai on March 6 after spending two days in the city before returning to Bengaluru on March 8. He lived with his brother in Bengaluru.
The patient had also visited his office for a few hours but returned after feeling sick. A total of 17 people came into contact with the 26-year old, including 10 primary contacts, officials said.
Case Number 6
A 76-year old from Kalaburagi, Karnataka, with a travel history to Saudi Arabia, was the first fatality of COVID-19 in India. The deceased had visited Saudi Arabia from January 29, 2020 to February 29, 2020.
After landing in Hyderabad, he went to Kalaburagi. He had tea at Patancheru and ate dinner at a dhaba near the petrol bunk at Kamalapur. He remained at home till March 5.
On March 9 at 10 AM, he was taken to a private hospital in Kalaburagi. Later in the day, his sample was collected for testing.
Later, he travelled to Hyderabad and was admitted in Care Hospital. On March 10, he returned to Kalaburagi in an ambulance. On the way, he was declared dead by officials at Gulbarga Institute of Medical Science.
The patient was known to have hypertension and asthma.