Italy coronavirus news: Tracing Italy’s connection to India’s novel coronavirus numbers
The latest, a 26-year-old
employee, yesterday became Delhi’s second confirmed case. He had recently returned from a trip to Italy, Europe’s coronavirus hotspot.
This, however, is not the only Italian connection to India’s coronavirus scare. The majority of the new cases were found among a group of Italian tourists, with 15 people testing positive for the virus. All contracted the disease from a 69-year-old man currently being treated in Jaipur, who may have carried the infection from Italy.
The first confirmed patient from the nation’s capital also had a travel history to Italy. The 45-year-old then passed it on to six relatives in Agra.
The Italian nationals traveled through Rajasthan, Agra and parts of Delhi, before being placed in solitary confinement. The Delhi resident has also come into contact with up to 66 people, including members of his family, since his return from Italy – where he is believed to have caught the infection – until he was finally been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus infection on March 2. All of these 66 are currently under surveillance.
Of those who tested positive in the tour group’s case, all but one are stable. The 69-year-old Italian, who was the first in his group to be detected with Covid-19, is on life support at Sawai Manshingh Hospital (SMS) in Jaipur, TNN reported.
Nearly 100 people who came into contact with the group of Italian tourists have been put under surveillance.
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said if there was no need to panic, the government has asked all states including Delhi-NCR where the maximum number of positive Covid cases -19 are currently being treated, to create more isolation facilities.
To date, 94,348 cases of Covid-19 and 3,221 deaths have been reported.