Priests among 70 in quarantine after youth who attended baptism ceremony tests COVID-19 positive
Pathanamthitta: 70 people are undergoing quarantine after a youth who attended a baptism ceremony tested positive for coronavirus.
The youth had attended a baptism ceremony at a church near Pathrakkanam on July 19. He also served food for the function. The priests who attended the function led the holy mass in various churches on July 12 and 19. The youth tested positive for the virus 10 days after the baptism ceremony.
There are complaints that several patients are violating quarantine restrictions and are roaming around. Ilavumthitta police said that stringent action will be taken against the violators.
24 hour delay in taking COVID-19 patients to hospital
Four members of a family, who received confirmation from the health department of being tested positive for coronavirus, had to spend a day inside their house. More importantly, there was a one-and-a-half year old child in the family who had tested negative.
Now there are concerns about the health condition of the child who spent 24 hours with its COVID-19 positive family members in Ayiroor. The man had tested COVID-19 positive 4 days ago.
The family members underwent a test as they had been in contact with the COVID-19 patient. The health inspector from the area informed the family members about the test result on Monday afternoon. The health officer also informed that the child had tested negative and that a vehicle would be arranged to transport the patients to a hospital.
However, the vehicle never came. At night, the family called the district medical office but did not receive a proper response. Despite efforts from the panchayat member, the health officials did not take any further action. On Tuesday the family members and the child were taken to the hospital.
Pathanamthitta had reported 40 COVID-19 cases on Tuesday out of which 21 had contracted the disease through contact. Two more staff at the Puthuthalamura bank tested positive for the virus.
Two persons are suspected to have contracted the virus through contact from Changanassery market. There are six more containment zones in the district while two were removed.