A 77-year old man in Kolkata was detected with Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) on Monday, taking the total number of COVID-19 cases in the state to 22. The man is admitted in a private hospital on Eastern Metropolitan Bypass in Kolkata.
Meanwhile, a woman from Kalimpong of north Bengal died on Sunday night, making this the second death from COVID-19 in West Bengal. The deceased, Sunita Devi Singh was aged 44 years old. She had returned from Chennai on March 19, and started developing symptoms of COVID-19. She was admitted to Uttarbanga Medical College and Hospital on March 26, but her condition continued to worsen.
There were three COVID-19 patients reported from the state within 24 hours from Saturday to Sunday. One of them is a doctor who had recently visited Delhi. His wife and daughter have been kept at home quarantine.
The second is an elderly man from Baranagar whose brother recently returned from Madhya Pradesh, while the third is a man from Sheoraphuli in Hooghly. He had recently visited Durgapur. Efforts are on to find out and quarantine all those who came in contact with these patients.
The first three COVID-19 patients of Bengal admitted in Beliaghata Infectious Diseases (ID) Hospital have recovered. This includes the son of a bureaucrat, a young man from Ballygunge and a woman from Habra. All three had returned recently from abroad. Their swab samples will be tested for a second time on Monday before doctors give clearance that they have recovered completely. Five other patients who were admitted to the hospital around the same time will have to spend more time under treatment and observation. According to World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines, a COVID-19 patient can be said to have recovered only if two consecutive tests within 24 hours are negative.