Bengaluru family tested for Coronavirus after neighbours alert health officials


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Bengaluru, Feb 2: A Bengaluru-based family was tested for Coronavirus, after their neighbours alerted officials that they had recently returned from China.

The News Minute reported that a team of doctors from the health and family welfare department visited to check on the family on Thursday January 30. However, they received a cold response. On Friday, after an ambulance with staffers arrived at the apartment again, the family agreed to visit the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Chest Diseases (RGICD).

The family had not traveled to Wuhan but to another province in China before returning to India on January 23. The family was also screened at the airport.

According to Dr Deepak UG, nodal officer, coronavirus isolation ward at RGICD, none of the family members had fever or chest pain. However, they had gastrointestinal problems. Their blood and sputum samples have been sent for test and results are awaited, the doctor added.

Meanwhile, Coronavirus panic messages are going viral on WhatsApp and other social media. "Today’s breaking news now...19 ppl r affected with CORONA VIRUS only in WILSON GARDEN Surrounding areas ...pls friends kindly update it to family and friends too.....all of us take care....(sic)" which has become viral is a fake message, said district health officer.

Between January 20 and 31, as many as 4,367 travellers were screened at the Bengaluru International Airport. Three of them had a visited Wuhan in the past two weeks. However, none were tested positive on the thermal scanner.

Around 20 people with a travel history of visiting China recently have been tested negative for Coronavirus in Bengaluru. Currently, there is one person in isolation ward in RGICD and his results are awaited.

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