Migrant labourer tests positive for Covid-19 in Chhattisgarh

Migrant labourer tests positive for Covid-19 in Chhattisgarh

A58-year-old migrant labourer tested positive for coronavirus in Chhattisgarh's Surajpur district on Tuesday, taking the amount of active cases within the state to four, a health official said.

The state has reported 38 cases of Covid-19 thus far , of which 34 patients are discharged after recovering from the infection.

The swab sample of a labourer, hailing from Garhwa district within the neighbouring state of Jharkhand, was sent for testing to Pt Nehru Memorial Medical College in Raipur, Surajpur collector Deepak Soni told PTI.

This is the primary confirmed case of coronavirus detected within the state's Surguja division, which consists of 5 districts.

The patient, who works as a labourer at Wardha in Maharashtra, had travelled to the borderland of Rajnandgaon along side other labourers during the lockdown early this month, the official said.

He was placed during a quarantine facility on the inter-state border, but in sight of crowding at the power , migrant workers, most of them hailing from Jharkahand, were shifted to the quarantine centre in Surajpur on April 17, he said.

"We collected random samples from people at the quarantine centre to see for the infection, following which his report came out positive," the collector said, adding that the patient was undergoing treatment at Ambikapur Medical College in Surguja district.

Samples of individuals who had are available contact with the patient also will be sent for testing, he added.

With this, the state has thus far recorded 38 cases of coronavirus, of which 34 are discharged following recovery and three, aside from the labourer, were undergoing treatment at AIIMS Raipur, a health official said.