Aurangabad man's swab collected to check for coronavirus

    Aurangabad, Mar 11 (PTI) Swab sample of an 18-year-old
man was collected on Wednesday evening here in Maharashtra and
sent to Pune-based National Institute of Virology (NIV) to
check for the novel coronavirus, an official said.
    The man currently has pneumonia (a lung infection) and
has been sent to the Government Medical College and Hospital
here for further treatment, he said.
    "A young man residing in the city travelled from Uttar
Pradesh to Aurangabad in a train some days ago. He reached
district hospital today evening and was checked.
    "He was found pneumatic and hence his swab was taken
for investigation and was sent to Pune," Dr Sundar Kulkarni,
district health officer, told PTI.
    "After taking the swab, we sent him to Government
Medical College and Hospital," he said.
    Hospital superintendent Dr Suresh Harbade said the
patient has been kept in isolation.
    "We have kept the patient isolated as we have taken
his swab. Antibiotics and other medicines are being given to
him as there is little distress for breathing. He is breathing
naturally and no support system is being used currently," said
    He was in Meerut (western Uttar Pradesh), but we have
not found any positive patient of the coronavirus there. Still
we are taking care," Harbade added.
    Swab of a 29-year-man residing in Aurangabad was
collected 2-3 days ago, but his report came negative, Kulkarni
said. PTI AW

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