Hyderabad: The 65-year-old man from Allipuram, Vizag, who was tested positive for the novel coronavirus on March 20, had travelled by Kacheguda- Visakhapatnam Express on March 10, according to sources.

The 65-year-old man was the third COVID-19 positive case in Andhra Pradesh.

The patient had travelled to Mecca-Madina, in Saudi Arabia on February 26, and had stayed there till March 9. On March 10, the patient returned to Hyderabad. He landed at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) Hyderabad at 7 am on March 10. He later left to his daughter’s place in Mehdipatnam.

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At 11.50 pm on March 11, he boarded Kacheguda-Visakhapatnam Express that was scheduled to reach Visakhapatnam at 1.30 pm. The man had occupied seat no. 58, in the B1 coach of the train.

The 65-year-old man reached Vizag at around 1.30 pm. On March 12 he headed home at Vivekananda colony in Allipuram.

Two days later, the patient was taken for a check-up at Suraksha Diagnostics in NAD junction. Later he came back home.

According to doctors, the patient began to develop symptoms of COVID-19 on March 17, exactly a week after his arrival to Hyderabad. He was initially taken to Suraksha Hospital in Marripalem at around 11 am. Later he was referred to Government Hospital for Chest and Communicable Diseases (GHCCD) in Visakhapatnam.

“We had sent his samples to Virology Laboratory of SVIMS at Tirupati. His tests have come back positive,” said S Tirupati Rao, District Medical and Health Officer (DMHO), Visakhapatnam.

His condition is stated to be stable as of now.

Officials of the Medical and Health Department and Vizag district administration are on a lookout for people who came in contact with the infected person. The officials also launched a sanitation drive at few places at the Allipuram area in Vizag on Friday.

Andhra had reported its first confirmed case of coronavirus on March 12. A student, who had returned from Italy to Nellore tested positive for coronavirus. Later on March 19, a 24-year-old youngster, who returned to Ongole from England, had tested positive. With the 65-year-old man, the total number of corona-positive cases in Andhra has risen to three.

Till March 20, the total number of COVID 2019 positive cases across India has reached 171. Maharashtra has witnessed the highest number of 47 COVID-19 cases, followed by Kerala with 28 cases.

Amritha Mohan

Amritha Mohan is a reporter at the NewsMeter. Shortly after completing her Master's in Communication at the University of Hyderabad, she began teaching courses on media and culture as a guest lecturer at the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Shillong. Amritha has previously interned with news organisations such as Greater Kashmir and Newslaundry. A lover of travel and photography, she spends most of her time planning road trips to the North-East. Nothing makes her happier than a green turf and a team to play football with. She primarily reports on education, tech, human-interesting and critical features.

2 comments on "Vizag man tested positive for COVID-19, visited daughter’s home in Mehdipatnam"

  • Dear Sir/Madam,

    Can you please keep your factsheet in a right way to the larger audience! The corona patient has not met his daughter, it is his sister’s daughter (niece) living in Mehdipatnam. He stayed there for 1 day as his ticket was booked under tatkal for next day Kacheguda express. Moreover, if one falls sick how do you expect them to go to the chest hospital directly just like that, did we educate the country on COVID 19 and the best practices during the pandemic at the railways/bses/auto stations??. Any person with common flu would go to a physician first, and here this allipuram patient was not even showing any of the covid symptoms, unless and until his chest reports declared pneumonia and hence the rest is history. Please do your homework first rather assuming and declaring/announcing it officially. Please understand the social stigma his entire families are facing.The society mindset needs to be changes in the right way, they can’t refrain the people who are suffering from their communities or areas where they live in a The government and you media should take an action and educate the society in a right way. The patient has not done any crime here, it’s the virus and this is not his fault, anybody can be affected. People cannot be mean with the covid19 patients and misbehave and demoralise whenever or however they wish too which is unacceptable. So please maintain a solidarity thats a humble request

  • Dear Sir/Madam,

    Can you please keep your factsheet in a right way to the larger audience! The corona patient has not met his daughter, it is his sister’s daughter (niece) living in Mehdipatnam. He stayed there for 1 day as his ticket was booked under tatkal for next day Kacheguda express. Moreover, if one falls sick how do you expect them to go to the chest hospital directly just like that, did we educate the country on COVID 19 and the best practices during the pandemic at the railways/bses/auto stations??. Any person with common flu would go to a physician first, and here this allipuram patient was not even showing any of the covid symptoms, unless and until his chest reports declared pneumonia and hence the rest is history. Please do your homework first rather assuming and declaring/announcing it officially. Please understand the social stigma his entire families are facing.The society mindset needs to be changed in the right way, they can’t refrain the people who are suffering from their communities or areas where they live in a The government and the media should take an action and educate the society in a right way. The patient has not done any crime here, it’s the virus and this is not his fault, anybody can be affected. People cannot be mean with the covid19 patients and misbehave and demoralise whenever or however they wish too which is unacceptable. So please maintain a solidarity thats a humble request

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