The Hush Post| 8:56 pm|one-minute-read|
A 41-year-old man quarantined on Tuesday for suspected novel coronavirus infection made a vanishing act from the civil hospital in Gujarat. He was probably scared of giving blood samples for testing.
With his slipping, and if he is actually infected with the deadly virus, he could endanger the lives of all those who make contact with him.
The man had returned from China on January 19.
Meanwhile, samples of three of the total five cases of suspected nCoV infection in Gujarat have tested negative. Results of two others is awaited.
All these persons had returned from China — the country from where the nCoV infection originated–in the recent past.
“A man was admitted in the isolation ward of the hospital for suspected nCoV on Tuesday afternoon. However, before we could collect his blood samples, he slipped away. We have informed the district collector and the police,” said Priti Kapadia, in-charge medical superintendent of the hospital.
She said a family member of the man met with the hospital authorities on Wednesday. She assured them that he would get himself admitted to the hospital again for giving his blood sample.
“If he cooperates and provides his blood samples, we shall be able to prevent the spread of the virus in case his samples test positive,” Kapadia said.
A Health department official said they are following up with 622 of the total 769 passengers who had returned from China in the recent past.
In Ahmedabad, we have followed up with 195 people, followed by Mehsana (70), Banaskantha (62), and Rajkot (47), he said.