Five family members, including three children, tested positive for COVID-19 in West Bengal on Friday and the number of such cases increased to 15 in the state, a senior health official said.
Among the five are a nine-month-old baby, a six-year-old girl, an eleven-year-old boy and two women aged 27 and 45, he said.
The 27-year-old woman had come into contact with a person from the UK who recently tested positive, the official added.
The woman is from Nadia in West Bengal, but now lives in Uttarakhand, he said.
“The person is studying in the UK and was quarantined in New Delhi after returning from abroad. However, she violated the quarantine protocol and came to Tehatta to attend a family celebration. The woman came into positive contact with the person tested for coronavirus and is currently being treated in a hospital in Delhi, “said the official.
The matter developed after the 27-year-old woman, mother of the nine-month-old baby, and the six-year-old girl visited a clinic in Tehatta with symptoms similar to coronavirus.
The 45-year-old is the mother of the 11-year-old.
“Eight family members have been quarantined at an isolation center in Nadia since March 23, and today five of them have tested positive for COVID-19,” said the health ministry official.
The five will be treated in a hospital in the Nadia district and brought to Calcutta in a special ambulance for COVID-19 patients on Saturday, the official said.
Ministry of Health officials identified and isolated 18 people in the family’s neighborhood.
“We will also test them,” he said.
The state health agency conducted tests on 33 suspects on Friday and reports are expected.
Of the 15 people suffering from the disease in the state, one had died and an elderly patient is in critical condition.