2 new COVID-19 cases detected

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2 new COVID-19 cases detected

Thursday, 26 March 2020 | Staff Reporter | RAIPUR

Two more positive cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) were reported in Chhattisgarh on Wednesday, taking number of positive cases to three in the state.

An official communication, said that  while one case has been reported in Raipur the other was reported  in Rajnandgaon.

The state public health and family welfare department, confirming the cases, said  that all measures for treatment of the patients are being ensured.

According to sources, one among  two brothers, running a gym in Rajnandgaon district, had returned from foreign trip.

Though the youngster had  tested positive for the infectious disease, he     started running of gym secretly, even though he and his sibling were under home isolation.

The health department officials during a follow-up medical check-up,  detected one of the brothers to be infected with the virus, sources said.

The youngster has been taken under the health department’s care and placed under quarantine, they said.

In the  other case, a woman residing in the  Byron Bazaar neighbourhood of Raipur, who had returned from a  foreign trip and was under  home quarantine, on Wednesday tested positive for Covid-19, officials said.

Earlier, a 24-year-old woman from  Raipur, a student studying in London and  who had returned home, too had tested positive for the viral infection, is undergoing treatment at the AIIMS in the capital city.

State public health and family welfare secretary Niharika Barik Singh in a letter to the director general of police has asked to take stern action against persons who are withholding information after their return regarding their foreign trips in the last one month.

The letter said that keeping in view of novel coronavirus prevention, the Centre and Chhattisgarh government has been issuing regular advisories, but a number of people who have returned from foreign trips, are concealing the information and are moving around freely in public places.

If such persons are not providing information through the helpline number 104 to the health department, and if any information is received regarding them, then legal action should be taken against them under Sections 269, 270 and 188 of IPC and the Epidemic Act, 1897 Section 3, the letter had said.

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