KOLHAPUR: One family in Maharashtra now has 12 confirmed Covid-19 patients. In Sangli district’s Islampur village, four of the family had first tested positive on March 23 after being admitted to the isolation ward in Miraj on March 19. They had returned from Haj in Saudi Arabia.
By March 25, five more in the family had tested positive. Just a day later, on Thursday, three others were confirmed to have the infection, taking the total in the family to 12.
While 11 of them are from Sangli’s Islampur, one is a resident of Pethwadgaon in Kolhapur district – she had visited her relatives in Sangli after their return from Haj.
Sangli district collector Abhijeet Chaudhary told TOI that three new cases, all relatives, were confirmed on Thursday. He said their throat swab samples were sent to the Pune-based National Institute of Virology (NIV) on March 25. Chaudhary also confirmed that one of the three relatives is from Pethwadgaon .
Sangli district civil surgeon Sanjay Salunkhe said, “We have already sent 11 more swab samples of close contacts and relatives of the family, who might have come in contact with the positive patients, to NIV. The results are likely to be in by Friday.” He added that another team has been sent to Islampur, around 42km from Sangli, to collect 23 more swab samples of close contacts of the family, who are still quarantined at home.
After the first four people of the family tested positive, 27 of their relatives were quarantined. “We had collected swab samples of seven people on Monday (March 23). Of them, five tested positive and two negative on Wednesday morning. All the positive cases are being treated at the Miraj civil hospital and every precaution is being taken,” Salunkhe told TOI. He said that with 12 cases emerging in the same family, Islampur is being put under strict monitoring .