Salt Lake locks itself in after AD Block resident contracts nCoV; senior citizens worried

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KOLKATA: The first Covid-19 positive case in Salt Lake has sent the locality and the entire township into a tizzy.
Health department officials of Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation rushed to the AD Block where the patient lived even as his wife, son, daughter, driver and domestic help, were taken to the quarantine centre in Rajarhat.
Two more part time domestic helps and a technician from a diagnostic centre, who used to visit the house periodically, have been instructed to remain in home quarantine for 14 days. “Some other family members are being kept in home quarantine,” said Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation (MMIC) health Pranay Roy.
According to locals and civic body sources, the 51-year-old runs a business in Burrabazar. The family claimed it had not travelled abroad recently, nor did anyone else in the extended family.
The news of a resident reporting Covid-19 positive led to tension in the township. Though the family did not mingle much, locals said they were sure to have stepped out of the house even after the lockdown to buy essentials.
“Though we didn’t see much of the person who has tested positive, we are scared the contagion may have spread beyond the family,” said a neighbour.
Panic has set in among a section of elderly residents as well. Several of them said they had received calls from relatives living in other cities or children who now live aborad. “I am very worried for my family members, who stay near the locality, where the patient has tested positive,” said Ananya Majumder, who now lives in London.
Kawshik Dutta, who stays in the adjacent BD Block with his mother, said that while life had gone topsy-turvy ever since the virus arrived in India, the realisation that it had reached the doorstep was chilling.
Civic authorities are taking multiple measures like spraying disinfectant and imposing social-distancing in market places.
“We are urging residents not to panic. We will be sanitising the locality and the nearby market. We are urging people to maintain social distancing norms,” said local councillor Anindya Chatterjee.
The civic authorities are using two vehicles simultaneously to spray disinfectant across Salt Lake and Rajarhat. Civic officials also are visiting homes where people are in home isolation.

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