Patiala, April 15
Around 500 people are on the risk of infection with Coronavirus after a 50-year-old social worker tested positive for the COVID-19, on Tuesday night. The said worker had been distributing ration at various places of the city during the lockdown before he fell sick. His wife and two kids also tested Coronavirus positive.
The health department has already advised around 479 people to stay in home-isolation, while high-risk contacts are continuously being tested for the deadly virus. The test results thereof (high-risk contacts) are awaited.
The health department, now, faces a herculean task to identify the source of infection which still remains untraceable. Notably, a positive patient can transmit virus to around 406 people in 30 days, as per the ICMR.
The health department informed that at least 480 people came into contact with the patient, however, the majority of them are said to be of low-risk contacts.
In the wake of missing source, the threat of the community transmission looms large, say the experts.
After the social worker tested positive, the health department has sealed the area — near the residence of the positive patient — and conducted a survey. His close contacts, who distributed ration and other essential items as a team with him, were being traced, and samples had been taken.
Patiala SDM Charanjeet Singh, who went to the patient’s residence, on Wednesday, to seal the area, said that he (patient) was involved in distributing the food in some areas of the city. He said, “Until now, the source of infection has not been traced, however, it appears that he was exposed to the virus while distributing ration.”
Meanwhile, the district health department said they were working hard to trace the source of infection.
It is pertinent to mention that the health department has not been able to trace the source of infection of the Gardner, who was tested positive. The said gardener used to work at the residence of top bureaucrats — including Deputy Commissioner.
Patiala Civil Surgeon, Dr Harish Malhotra said, “Our teams are on job, including three senior medical officers and two district epidemiologists. We have already identified the high risk and low-risk contacts, and samples thereof have been taken, accordingly.”