Lucknow: Panic gripped passengers and railways after a TTE of Lucknow-Mumbai-Lucknow Pushpak Express train tested positive. The Railway administration has sent records of passengers who travelled in the train to the State government for contact tracing.
The TTE Deepak Mishra had boarded the Pushpak Express from Lucknow on March 15. After checking tickets of passengers he deboarded at Bhopal where his duties ended. He was again on duty on March 16 from Bhopal to Lucknow on the return Pushpak Express.
He complained of fever and symptoms akin to Covid-19 on reaching Lucknow Junction on March 17. He was immediately sent to Railway Hospital at Badshahnagar where he got tested along with his wife. Both tested positive.
They were sent home for self-quarantine for 15 days. They are under the watch of a medical team which will be monitoring their oxygen level and other parameters to ensure that no complication is developed.
Panic gripped Lucknow junction and hundreds of passengers after TTE’s positive report. The railways administration has sent a list of passengers who travelled in Pushpak Express in the last three days to the state government for contact tracing.
“We are sharing details of passengers coming from outside states to the state government. Names, addresses and mobile numbers of passengers travelled in the Pushpak Express have also been shared with the state government for contact tracing and testing,” said G.K. Singh, Director, Lucknow Junction.
As a precautionary measure, the railway authorities have issued directions for random Covid-19 testing of all its staff.