East Godavari:A woman from East Godavari of Andhra Pradesh, who landed in Delhi from the UK, has set alarm bells ringing after she tested positive for Covid-19 and disappeared from the airport without informing the authorities.
After hectic efforts, the woman was traced at Rajahmundry in Andhra Pradesh.
There is no clarity on whether the woman has tested positive for the old strain or its new variant. However, the officials say they can't afford to take chances.
As per the reports, the woman from Rajahmundry of East Godavari district in Andhra Pradesh returned to India on December 21 and soon after gave her swab samples for tests.
Before her result could come in, she left the airport and boarded the New Delhi-Visakhapatnam special train. She also switched off her mobile apparently after learning that police had contacted her family members.
Medical and health department officials of Andhra Pradesh immediately lodged a complaint with Rajahmundry police after they failed to contact her.
The woman's behavior was dangerous as she could come in contact with numerous people during 1,800 km journey, many of whom will be difficult to trace.
With East Godavari district coordinator for health services Dr. T Ramesh Kishore lodged a complaint with the urban district police in Rajahmundry. Police and revenue officials swung into action and contacted the family of the woman passenger.
The woman reached her home at Rajahmundry on Thursday morning. Officials said that the woman's son went to Delhi to bring her mother to Rajahmundry.
East Godavari district coordinator for health services, Dr. T Ramesh Kishore said that they have found the woman and her son in Rajahmundry, and shifted them to quarantine. They will send the blood samples of the woman to NIV-Pune to determine whether the woman has tested positive for the old strain or its new variant.