BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: The parents of the Ballygunge youth have tested positive for coronavirus on Sunday in Kolkata. The domestic help of the family was also found coronavirus positive. All of them are presently admitted at Beliaghata ID Hospital, thus taking the total numbers of coronavirus infected persons seven.
The Ballygunge youth had returned from London on March 13 and was later found coronavirus positive on March 19. He was second coronavirus positive patient in the state of West Bengal. Earlier on Tuesday, first coronavirus case was reported in Bengal when a south Kolkata boy was tested COVID-19 positive who, too, had returned from London. However, his mother, a bureaucrat, and his father, a doctor, didn’t get him tested for two days. The chief minister of the state, Mamata Banerjee, slammed the family for the negligence.
On Saturday, a 59-year-old man from Dum Dum had been tested positive for novel coronavirus infection. He is admitted at Salt Lake AMRI. But he had no foreign travel history. On Friday night, a girl from Habra was tested positive for coronavirus infection and was admitted at the Beliaghata ID Hospital. The Habra girl came from Scotland.
Doctors and the health department officials are now worried after they found out that the Dum Dum man, the parents and the domestic help of the Ballygunge youth have no history of travelling to the foreign shores. The doctors think that the parents and the domestic help got the infection from the Ballygunge youth. Similarly, the elderly person of Dum Dum got the infection by some other way.
In the meantime, the Centre and state governments said on Sunday that 75 districts in the country including Kolkata affected by the novel coronavirus will be locked down and no trains, Metros and interstate buses will operate till March 31 as the number of COVID-19 cases soared to 370.
The West Bengal government said, however, that the lockdown in all municipal towns of the state, including Kolkata, will remain in place till March 27. It will then take a decision whether or not to extend the restrictions.