British actor Banita Sandhu, who is in Kolkata to shoot a film, tested positive for Kovid-19 on Monday. Sources in the state’s health department claimed that he was admitted to a private hospital after refusing treatment at a government facility.
Sandhya, who was shooting for Kavita and Teresa’s film, arrived in Kolkata on 20 December and traveled in the same flight with the young men, who tested positive for the mutant coronavirus virus when they returned from the United Kingdom.
“She was detected Kovid-19 on Monday afternoon and steps were taken to find out if she was infected with the new strain,” the official said.
According to him, Banita Sandhu, who was shifted to Beliaghat Infectious Disease Hospital where a separate unit has been set up to keep those returning from the UK, refused to come out of the ambulance.
“We had to inform the state health department as the actor refused to come out of the ambulance. She also wanted to leave. The British High Commission was informed as we could not let it go, which is against the protocol. We also had to inform the police. They came and surrounded the ambulance so that it could not go out. Later, he was taken to a private hospital with the permission of the Health Department.
Before leaving the Beliaghata infectious disease hospital, the actor was made to sign a declaration that she was not ready to be admitted there.