BH CORRESPONDENT, Patna: Nearly a third of Bihar’s 60 coronavirus cases has been reported from one family in Siwan district, a COVID-19 hotspot about 130 km from state capital Patna. The chain of infection started with one man who returned from Oman last month, reported NDTV.
One particular person had travelled from Oman to Siwan, around 140 kilometres from Patna, last month. Siwan is one such Muslim-dominated districts which has a population of around 25 lakh, out of which around 50,000 people work in different Gulf countries.
This particular person (from Raghunathpur block), who returned to Siwan from Oman on March 16, tested positive on April 4. In between, he travelled to several other places in the district, thereby affecting 22 others, including women, children and his family.
Till April 10, out of 60 positive cases in Bihar, 23 belong to one particular family in Siwan. Eight others from the same district have reported to be coronavirus patients, which effectively means half of the Bihar patients, who tested positive, belong to Siwan,” said a senior Government official here on Friday.