A family member of a President’s Estate staffer tested positive for COVID-19 Tuesday, following which the authorities asked 125 people, who had come in contact with the patient, to be under home quarantine.
According to a statement from the Rashtrapati Bhawan, the woman who tested positive, had been in touch with a COVID-19 patient who died on April 13.
“After contact tracing of the deceased, it was found that a family member of an employee of the President’s Secretariat had been in contact with the deceased. The employee, along with the family, is a resident of the President’s Estate. As required under the guidelines, all seven members of this family were moved to the quarantine facility at Mandir Marg on April 16. Subsequently, one of the family members who was in contact with the deceased, tested positive. All other family members including the employee of the President’s Secretariat have tested negative,” the statement said.
“The administration has restricted movement in 115 houses in the President’s Estate, where the family lived and residents have been asked to remain indoors. The residents of these houses are being provided doorstep delivery of essential commodities,” the statement said.
The death toll due to the coronavirus pandemic in India rose to 590 Tuesday while the total number of confirmed cases crossed the 18,000 mark to reach 18, 601 including 3,251 people who have been treated and discharged, according to the latest data by the health ministry. Delhi has reported 2,559 infections so far including 47 deaths and 431 recoveries.
Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday said his government will conduct COVID-19 test on mediapersons in the national capital, after 53 scribes tested positive for novel coronavirus in Mumbai. Responding to a tweet in which a person requested the CM to arrange mass COVID-19 test for mediapersons in Delhi on the lines of the one carried out in Mumbai, Kejriwal said, “Sure. We will do that.”
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