Covid +ve flyer from UK flees IGI, sets off alarm – ET HealthWorld

Visakhapatnam: A woman from Andhra Pradesh, who landed in Delhi from the UK, set alarm bells ringing after she tested positive for Covid-19 and disappeared from the airport without informing anyone. It is not clear if the woman has tested positive for the old strain or its new variant, but officials say they can’t afford to take chances.

A native of Rajahmundry, the woman returned to India on December 21 and soon after gave her swab samples for tests. Before her result could come in, she left the airport and boarded the New Delhi-Visakhapatnam special train. She then switched off her mobile, apparently after she learnt that police had contacted her family members.

AP health officials, who could not contact the woman on her mobile, lodged a complaint with Rajahmundry police on Wednesday after her family told them that she had boarded a train. Officials told TOI that the woman’s behavior was dangerous as she could come in contact with numerous people in the nearly 1,800-km journey, many of whom will be difficult to trace.

The police and revenue officials swung into action and contacted the family of the woman passenger. The family said the woman would reach Rajahmundry by early hours of Thursday. Railway officials too have been informed.

The train has stoppages in Telangana and in Vijayawada. Officials told TOI that the passengers in the compartment the woman is travelling will be subjected to Covid-19 tests. They are likely to be deboarded at Rajahmundry. However, they are tight-lipped about passengers who would get down at Vijayawada and places in Telangana.

East Godavari district coordinator for health services Dr T Ramesh Kishore told TOI that her son went to Delhi to bring the woman to Rajahmundry. “We would ask the passengers in the compartment to get down at Rajahmundry for Covid tests. However, if some of them want to disembark in Visakhapatnam, we would ask officials there to make arrangements,” he said.

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