Theories of Chinese consignment float as coronavirus mysteriously appeared in Nanjangud

The source of a major cluster in Karnataka’s Mysuru district is a big mystery. The district alone has over 35 cases. While authorities have been able to track the source of virus in 14 cases, they have failed to pinpoint the original source of the novel coronavirus in Nanjangud in Mysuru district.

Nanjangud has 22 cases all directly or indirectly connected to the state’s Patient 52.

One theory is that the virus came from a Chinese consignment received by Jubilant Life Science. The individual, who recieved the consignment for the company on March 15, tested positive for novel coronavirus on March 26. He was patient 52 and since then 20 others have tested positive in the vicinity. All new cases had no travel history and were directly or indirectly had come in contact with Patient 52.

The consignment was reportedly received from China via Chennai.

Patient 52 was in charge of making sure this consignment of almost 3 tonnes of raw materials was sent to the warehouse and stocked.

On March 17, he developed a fever and then on March 18 he took leave. He came to work from March 19 but on March 20, by around 11.30 he signed out and was admitted to the Gopala Gowda hospital in Mysuru. He was then shifted to the government-run KR Hospital the next day and tested positive for Covid-19 on March 26.

Immediately after this, a 3km buffer zone was created in Nanjangud town. Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) workers began going door-to-door to collect information about anyone reporting symptoms.

Close to 1400 employees of the pharmaceutical company are under quarantine and only one entry and exit point is open for the movement of essential goods and emergency services in the town.

As Patient 52 had no travel or contact history, district authorities are now trying to figure out what could have happened. Whether he met any person who travelled from abroad or was the consignments received by the company infected with the virus?

The samples of the consignments have been sent to the National Institute of Virology in Pune for testing.