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Mira Road resident who was quarantined for Corona Virus found negative

A Mira Road resident who travelled to South Korea last month and developed fever and cough on returning were among three patients placed in Kasturba Hospital’s isolation ward on Sunday was tested negative for Corona Virus.

Raju Vishwakarma(38) was quarantined and shifted to Isolation Ward of Kasturba Hospital from the CSM International Airport after the symptom was seen in him. “The first two have been cleared of Corona Virus (Covid-19). The third’s report is awaited,” said S Kakani, Additional Municipal Commissioner.

A Mira Road resident who returned from South Korea and was quarantined on Sunday morning, too, has tested negative, he added.

About 64,000 passengers from 535 flights have been thermal screened, who arrived at Mumbai International Airport for Covid-19. The screening was done between January 18 and March 1. “Field surveillance is on across the state in search of people coming from affected areas,” said disease surveillance officer Dr Pradeep Awate.

Vishwakarma’s blood sample had been collected and sent to the National Institute of Virology (NIV) for testing. After that, he was sent to an isolation ward of the Kasturba Hospital as a precautionary measure.

An advisory circular was issued by the State health department suggesting that travellers coming from Wuhan should be quarantined immediately for precautionary measures. Vishwakarma was in South Korea from February 2 to February 29.

Passengers arriving from China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, South Korea, Japan, Nepal, Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Iran and Italy are being screened for Conona Virus.

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