Srikakulam: Green district  Srikakulam  in North Andhra Pradesh, which is being touted as the green district in Andhra Pradesh, registered three coronavirus positive cases even while the lockdown is inching towards the end.

The three positive cases belonged to the family of an engineer who returned from Delhi. He tested negative but three women of his family tested positive.

The medical and family department officials said that the engineer worked with the Delhi Metro Rail and that he came to Srikakulam on March 19. He was put under home quarantine in Patapatnam area in
Srikakulam district.

When he decided to return to Delhi, officials in the national capital directed him to show a fitness certificate with Covid-19 test in which he tested negative. Two days ago, he underwent TrueNat test in Srikakulam and as his primary report came out positive, the swab samples of three women in his family (his wife, her sister and mother)
were also tested.

In another consecutive lab test, the engineer tested negative, but his three family members tested positive.

Sources said that his mother-in-law is a vegetable vendor and she continued her business till the lockdown came into force on March 24.

Srikakulam district collector J. Nivas said that 70 people suspected to have come in contact with the engineer were sent to a quarantine facility.

With three positive cases being registered in the district, Srikakulam police has decided to implement lockdown norms strictly in the entire Patapatnam mandal, which is close to neighbouring Odisha.

Meanwhile, the district administration confirmed that 1,422 people out of the 1,445 foreign returnees had tested negative. Those who tested positive completed 28 days of quarantine.

The district administration collected 4,439 samples and of them, 3,280 tested negative. The results of over 1,159 samples are awaited

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