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For Amdavadis, Covid-19 turns into family affair, again | Ahmedabad News

AHMEDABAD: Anup Gupta, a resident of Vejalpur, received a call from his colleague earlier this week, informing him that he had tested positive and everyone who had come in contact should be careful. “I had no symptoms and thus, I did not pay much attention. But on very second day, my wife developed fever. I got her and myself tested. We were positive for Covid-19,” recounts Gupta. Within two days, his children – 12-year-old son and 9-yearold daughter — also tested positive, putting their residence under quarantine.
Gupta’s is not a solitary case for city-based experts, the hospitals are increasingly reporting cases where multiple members of a family are infected with the virus. Dr Hardik Shah, director of Vastrapur-based DHS Hospital, said that they had witnessed a similar trend post-Diwali. “During the first wave of the pandemic, we did not see many cases involving multiple family members. But the trend had changed in November-December,” he said. “Now again we have three-four members from a family getting infected and requiring hospitalization.”
Jignesh Desai, a city-based professional, had runny nose, headache and fever in the second week of March. “I did not wait much and on second day got myself tested. After I tested positive, my wife, our 8-year-old daughter and my parents got infected and tested positive. My elder brother is the latest one who tested positive on Tuesday,” said Desai, requesting the citizens to get tested if any of the symptoms associated with Covid-19 is detected and following all safety protocols to ensure safety of the nears and dears.
Bopal resident Aarohi Patel said that eight of her family members living in a bungalow are infected. One of the family members had tested positive. Afterwards, the testing of other members revealed that his parents, his two brothers and their families had also got infected – some of them without any apparent symptoms. “Thus, focus is now on contact tracing of the infected persons and wider testing in affected areas,” said an AMC official.

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