62-year-old Kerala woman test positive for Covid-19 in 20th test

South India

Health authorities in Kerala have heaved a sigh of relief with a 62-year-old woman testing negative for Covid-19 in the 20th test.

The woman who was admitted to Kozhencherry district government hospital in Pathanamthitta district on March 10 had tested negative in the 19 tests conducted since then. The woman had contracted the virus from a family who returned from Negative in the last week of February.

All the members of the family and the daughter of the woman, who had contracted the virus, had left hospital fully recovered earlier. Curiously, the woman had shown no signs of the virus even while testing negative.

The hospital authorities who had given the woman combination drugs that worked with other patients had referred the matter to the state medical board. State Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had termed the behaviour of the virus in the woman unpredictable and urged the health experts to study the matter.

The health authorities are also perplexed over people quarantined with suspected transmission of Covid-19 testing positive after 28 days of isolation. One such case been reported from Kozhikode district. The infected was a person, who returned from Dubai.

The person, who was quarantined straight on his arrival from Dubai, tested positive on the 29th day. His parents and other family members, who contracted the virus from him, had tested positive much earlier. Curiously, the Dubai returnee was asymptomatic.

District Medical Officer (DMO) Dr V Jayasree termed the case rare and said it called for more study on the mode of virus spread. In the aftermath of the Dubai man’s case, the health authorities have decided to keep to the normal 28 days as a precautionary step.

Health officials have also decided to initiate a second-round test for all persons who tested negative initially.

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