A 34-year-old India soldier who was posted in Leh, Ladakh is the very first case of the novel Coronavirus in the India Army.
The soldier, who was placed in isolation is from Ladakh Scouts, which is an infantry regiment of the Indian Army popularly called as the “Snow Warriors”.
Allegedly, the 34 year old soldier caught the infection from his father who returned from Iran on 27th February. The soldier was on casual leaves and at home when his father came back.
The soldier then, on 2nd March, rejoined his duty.
Upon returning, his father was quarantined on the 29th of February at the Ladakh Heart Foundation and reported positive for COVID-19 on the 6th of March. The soldier was quarantined just 1 day after this news.
The soldier was tested for COVID-19 for which he tested positive on Monday.
According to the reports, the soldier had rejoined his post but stayed at his native village and helped his family during the quarantine period.
The soldier’s sister, wife and two children have been quarantined in hospital.
In Pune, another Indian Army Officer has been put in quarantine at a military institute as he showed symptoms of the pandemic, however, the officer has not been tested yet.
As of now, India has 147 patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 and have had 3 deaths. Mumbai has the most cases of Coronavirus with 42.