No Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Patient In Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Soon after a pathological report of Bhubaneswar-based AMRI hospital indicating a patient detected with coronavirus went viral on social media, Odisha Health Department and the hospital authorities issued clarifications in this regard.

The coronavirus mentioned in the report is common coronavirus, not the novel coronavirus or new coronavirus (COVID-19). Only the National Institute of Virology in Pune and some limited Government Laboratories have the facility to test COVID-19, stated a communiqué from the Health Department.

Reportedly, excluding the COVID-19, there are around seven types of coronaviruses that can infect people. The COVID-19 is a new type of coronavirus that was first reported from Wuhan, China, on 31 December 2019.

Head of Infection Control at AMRI Hospital, Dr Bibhudutta Rautaraya, clarified that the patient is not infected with COVID-19. The patient Bijay Kumar Nayak is suffering from Pneumonia and also there is no evidence of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV), another fatal form of coronavirus. Besides, the patient doesn’t have a history of going abroad.