Kalyan cop Covid-19 positive after discharge | Mumbai News


KALYAN: Chaos reigned in a housing colony in Kalyan when a policeman, who was discharged from a quarantine centre and feted by his neighbours, tested positive for Covid-19 thereafter.
Kalyan health officials tried to pacify the residents by quoting the new guidelines laid down by the Indian Council for Medical Research, but were forced to take the policeman to a health facility again.
“The new guidelines say patients should be discharged 10 days after onset of mild symptoms patients and/or three days without fever. There is no need for testing prior to discharge,’’ said a medical officer.
Also, the ICMR on Wednesday clarified that nasal swab tests detect the novel coronavirus even after it becomes inactive and non-infectious in the body. In other words, RT-PCR tests will come positive even if there is a dead virus in the sample.
The 40-year-old policeman was discharged on Tuesday night – 13 days after he tested Covid-19 positive. He was advised home quarantine for seven more days.
However, before reaching home, the policeman for his own satisfaction got himself tested at a private laboratory. He was welcomed by people in his colony. But the neighbours were shocked the next day when the cop told them he had against tested positive. They contacted local Shiv Sena corporator Prakash Pankar, who requested the KDMC health team to take him into the Covid care centre at Tata Amantra near Bhiwandi.
When contacted, KDMC’s senior health official Pratibha Panpatil said, “As residents got scared, we took the patient back. But as per the new guidelines he could be discharged as he had not developed any symptoms after completing 10 days in quarantine.’’
The cop’s wife, son and nephew tested negative.

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