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‘Bengaluru techie who tested +ve for coronavirus came in contact with 2,666 people’


Team Udayavani, Mar 10, 2020, 11:14 AM IST

Bengaluru: As Karnataka reports its first case of coronavirus in the state with a software engineer in Bengaluru with a travel history to USA testing positive for the disease, techies who were living in his Whitefield apartment have been asked to work from home.

“Tests were done twice and on both the occasions it was confirmed that he had COVID-19,” Medical Education Minister Dr K Sudhakar to reporters here.

“The man had come from Austin in the US along with his wife and daughter on March 1. After going to a private hospital upon noticing symptoms, he had voluntarily approached the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Chest Diseases (RGICD) on March 8,” he added.

“The man has been kept under strict medical supervision at the RGICD, the minister said adding his family members and a colleague have been placed under quarantine at the hospital. The engineer’s driver and the latter’s wife and two children had been put under home quarantine,” he said.

The state health department has identified 2,606 people with whom the family had primary and secondary contacts since the time they landed, health department officials said. They included 60 passengers on the flight.

“Those who were sitting next to him on the plane and were sitting three rows in the front and three rows in the back have also been quarantined, an official said.

The officials said he had been to office on March 2 and March 3. On March 4, he did not go to the office and on March 5 went to a private hospital. On March 8 he approached the RGICD on his own where he was quarantined,” the officials said.

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