March 1, 2020 seared into memory: Delhi's first COVID-19 patient

Last updated on Mar 02, 2021, 06:10 pm
March 1, 2020 seared into memory: Delhi's first COVID-19 patient


Initially there was a lot of fear and guilt: Datta


Datta developed a fever after returning from Italy

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.


On February 28, 2020, Datta got a fever again


Datta was diagnosed with the COVID-19 infection on March 1

"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.


Datta spent 14 days at the isolation facility


I can never forget the date: Datta

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."


Delhi witnessed three major waves of COVID-19 pandemic in 2020


Highest single-day spike in Delhi was recorded on November 11

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.


Datta claims to have become more religious after his treatment

COVID-19 safety norms

Datta urged people to observe all COVID-19 safety norms

COVID-19 deaths

COVID-19 death toll in Delhi stands at 10,911

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