delhi coronavirus: Delhi’s first coronavirus patient recovers fully

NEW DELHI: The capital’s first Covid-19 patient, a 45-year-old man from Mayur Vihar Phase II, has recovered fully from the viral infection. He was discharged from Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital on Saturday, said a source.

The 45-year-old had returned from Italy on February 22. He interacted with several people and even held a birthday party for his son at Hyatt hotel before he was diagnosed with Covid-19 and isolated at a hospital on March 2.

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Officials in the public health department of Delhi government, who have been tasked with tracing all possible contacts of positive cases, said they managed to trace 105 people — 41 from Delhi and 64 from outside the city — who came in contact with the man before being isolated.

“Total 19 samples were sent for testing based on risk-stratification and none of the contacts required hospital isolation,” said an official.

She said the successful recovery of the Covid-19 patient from Delhi should give some hope to people feeling stressed over the outbreak of the novel coronavirus. “People need to understand that the virus causes mild illness in 80% patients. Only the elderly and those with underlying illnesses like diabetes and heart disease are at high risk of developing serious complications,” the official said.

Till date, Delhi has reported seven cases of Covid-19, including one case reported on Saturday. The patient is a resident of Rajasthan and an evacuee from Italy who was quarantined at Manesar camp, the state government said.

One Covid-19 death has also been reported from the city. A 68-year-old woman, who had history of diabetes and hypertension, had tested the novel coronavirus recently. She died on Friday.

The union health ministry, in a statement issued late night, stated this: “The death of a 68-year-old woman from west Delhi (mother of a confirmed case of Covid-19), is confirmed to be caused due to co-morbidity (diabetes and hypertension). She has also tested positive for Covid-19.”

Earlier, on March 10, a 76-year-old man from Kalburgi in north Karnataka with Covid-19 symptoms, had died. Tests results on Thursday confirmed he was positive for the novel coronavirus, making the septuagenarian man with a travel history to Saudi Arabia country’s first Covid-19 fatality. Across India, 84 cases of Covid-19 have been reported as on Saturday, including 17 foreign nationals. Of this, 10 have recovered and have been discharged, officials said.

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