A resident of Mayur Vihar in east Delhi, Datta had flown in from Italy on February 25 last year and got a fever the same night. The next morning, he paid a visit to a local doctor and got some medicines, he recalled.
"I then decided to go to RML Hospital, and my samples were taken on February 29 for a COVID-19 test," Datta said. He was diagnosed with COVID -19 on March 1. From RML Hospital, he was sent to the isolation facility at the Safdarjung Hospital.
Asked if these dates hold any significance for him, Datta, who had a quiet celebration on his son's 13th birthday this February 28, said, "March 1 is like an anniversary for me, and I can never forget it."
The highest single-day spike in Delhi till date - 8,593 cases - was reported on November 11, while on November 19, the city recorded 131 COVID-19 deaths, the highest single-day fatality count till date.