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Netflix, Video Chat Helped Delhi’s 1st COVID-19 Case in Quarantine

The 46-year-old has fully recovered from the infection.

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Netflix, Video Chat Helped Delhi’s 1st COVID-19 Case in Quarantine
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The 45-year-old businessman from Mayur Vihar, who was the first person in Delhi to test positive for COVID-19, says his quarantine stay was "nothing less than a luxury hotel."

He has fully recovered from the infection and has been discharged from Delhi's Safdarjung Hospital.

The Hindustan Times quotes a top official from Safdarjung Hospital who said, “The man who was the first one to test positive of COVID-19 has been released today. He is totally asymptomatic now. We have asked him and his family to still continue monitoring his condition at home. Our teams will also do a follow-up.”

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Speaking about the quality of care to The Hindustan Times, the businessman said, "It was unbelievable. The isolation ward at Safdarjung hospital was not what I imagined a government hospital ward to be. It was no less than a luxury hotel. The staff also maintained a high level of hygiene – cleaning all surfaces and changing linens twice a day.”

Through his stay, the man had access to a mobile phone, Netflix, and video calls with family. What also helped was performing 'pranayam' twice a day and reading. His book of choice? Chanakya Niti.

He thanked the hospital staff for taking excellent care of him during the quarantine, and also spoke about his initial fears.

"When I first tested positive, I was scared. It is a new disease and I thought I might die. But the doctors came in and they explained that I had mild symptoms – just a cough and fever – and was likely to recover,” he said.

He has been asked to stay in self quarantine for another 14 days.

The east Delhi resident had been isolated on 1 March, after he had thrown a birthday party for his son. He had a travel history from Italy. Over 100 people who came in contact with the man were traced and isolated.

Meanwhile, Delhi recorded its first death on 13 March when a 68-year-old woman with diabetes and hypertension, mother of a confirmed COVID-19 patient, passed away at Delhi's Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital.

(With inputs from Hindustan Times)

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