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01 June, 2020
 
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Infected cabbie’s grandson tests negative

Young boy hospitalized in Nicosia after cabbie grandfather in Paphos tested positive for coronavirus

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A young child was hospitalized in Nicosia and later released after coming in contact with his grandfather, a taxicab driver in Paphos who tested positive for the coronavirus.

According to local media, a 4-year-old boy was taken to Makarios Children’s Hospital in Nicosia on Wednesday night after he started having fever and showing possible respiratory symptoms.

The young patient was later placed in a negative pressure room for treatment after it emerged that he was the grandson of a taxicab driver, who tested positive for the coronavirus.

Health officials were tracking down the routes of the taxicab driver, who was able to recall drop-off locations but not the identities of his passengers

Reports said the boy, whose test came back negative on Thursday, had come in contact with his grandfather a few days earlier but the exact day was not known. Reports said the y oung patient was expected to be released after tests did not show an infection.

State health officials said they were tracking down the routes of the taxicab driver, who was able to recall drop-off locations but could not know the identities of his passengers.

Local media said the infected cabbie described his customers mainly as foreign visitors, while information on the vicinity of the drop-off locations was not immediately known.

Hospital officials said another young child, almost two years old, was also taken to Makarios hospital with possible symptoms. The young patient was said to have travelled abroad, with media in the south pointing at least Turkey as a travel destination.

Several other children have been treated at Makarios recently, according to hospital officials, who said there were no known coronavirus-related fatalities among young children.

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