An Indian Army soldier has been placed in an isolation ward at a hospital in Ladakh after he was found infected with coronavirus, sources in Army stated. The 34-year-old soldier posted in Leh, Ladakh, is the first case of coronavirus in the army.
The soilder is from the Ladakh Scouts, an infantry regiment of the Army known as the ‘Snow Warriors’, and is currently admitted in the S.N.M. hospital in Ladakh.
It was found that the soldier’s father had a travel history to Iran.
The soldier’s father, who has also tested positive, is under going treatment at a Ladakh hospital. “His father was quarantined from February 29 at the Ladakh Heart Foundation and reported positive for COVID-19 on March 6 and was isolated at the local SNM Hospital,” said Army sources.
The soldier’s sister, wife and two children are also quarantined in hospital.
In the meantime, an Indian Army officer and woman have been put under self quarantine in a military institute in Pune. They were showing symptoms of the virus. However, no tests have been recommended so far. “As an when needed, COVID-19 test could be carried out,” sources said.