Death in north Bengal, new positive in Kolkata – Times of India

Kolkata News

KOLKATA/KALIMPONG: The 44-year-old Kalimpong woman, who tested positive for Covid-19 at North Bengal Medical College and Hospital on Saturday, died early on Monday morning, taking Bengal’s toll to two. Another 77-year-old man from Sovabazar tested positive for the disease on Monday, taking the number of Covid-19-positive people in the state to 22.
Health officials would also be waiting to get the swab test result of a pavement dweller, who died at NRS Medical College and Hospital’s isolation ward on Monday, to know whether she would be an addition to Bengal’s toll; she was admitted to the hospital on Sunday with respiratory distress.
The state’s healthcare sys-tem continued to grapple with more bad tidings: the 59-year-old from Hooghly’s Sheoraphuli and the 66-year-old from Baranagar had to be put on ventilation at AMRI, Salt Lake and Apollo Gleneagles Hospital, respectively, after their respiratory distress worsened on Monday even as the 66-year-old Nayabad patient continued to be critical at Peerless Hospital.
But Monday ended with some positive news from Beliaghata’s Infectious Diseases Hospital: Kolkata’s first three Covid-19 patients, including the first (the bureaucrat’s and paeditrician’s son who returned from England with the disease), all tested negative in the second con-firmatory test as well. “They may be released soon,” a senior health department official said.
All 16 patients being treated at ID Hospital, including three children from Nadia’s Tehatta, were stable, doctors said; another Covid-19 patient’s brother, admitted to Peerless Hospital with symptoms of typhoid, tested negative on Monday.
But the state’s healthcare system would be closely monitoring the latest positive case from Kolkata: the 77-year-old trader from Sovabazar. He was admitted to hospital on Saturday with pneumonia and his swab sample report on Monday confirmed he was suffering from Covid-19. He is on ventilation — like the two other patients admitted over the last few days — and his travel history has so far not revealed any contact with foreigners.
He has neither travelled abroad nor to any other state in the recent past, say officials, and it’s still not clear whether he has come in contact with anyone with a foreign travel history.
The state’s healthcare machinery moved fast, putting in quarantine 15 people who came in contact with the Kalimpong woman who died on Monday. She was cremated in Sahudangee on the outskirts of the town after cops intervened and pushed back a mob that tried to stop the hearse from entering the crematorium. The health department is also tracking people who came in contact with her in Siliguri.
The 44-year-old’s husband owns a jewellery shop in Kalimpong, which has a corner space offering money transfer services. All the employees have gone in for 14 days’ self-isolation. The couple have a son and a daughter staying in Kalimpong and another daughter who lives in Mumbai.

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