An Irish woman suspected of having the Covid-19 virus who reportedly fled from the isolation ward of an Indian hospital was subsequently found in a nearby hotel.
Indian officials reported yesterday that an Irish national, along with another person she was travelling with, had fled the hospital in the eastern state of Odisha. However, the woman has since been found in a hotel in state capital Bhubaneswar.
The Irish woman was screened at the Biju Patnaik International Airport in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, yesterday showing flu-like symptoms.
She was then taken to the city’s Capital Hospital, just over 1.5km from the airport.
He was referred to the isolation ward of SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack, along with another person who was accompanying her, Dr Bulu Maharana, emergency officer of the hospital, reported.
The couple are believed to be a man and a woman.
Indian officials said prior to her found that the woman would be reported to police in the region.
“It’s not yet clear how both of them escaped.
“Once someone is suspected to be infected with coronavirus, they have to be kept in isolation. It’s compulsory,” a health department official said.
“We are trying to find out the exact timeline of how it happened.
“We have lodged a case with Mangalabag police station,” he said.
It is unknown at this time if a report has been made to the police force, or the reason for the woman leaving the hospital by the Bay of Bengal.
The Department of Foreign Affairs informed the Irish Independent that it has not yet received any report of the incident.