Man involved in Delhi govt food distribution centre tests positive for COVID-19
Delhi may see a large spike in coronavirus cases, after a man involved at a food distribution centre run by the Delhi government was tested positive. The government has ordered the testing of all the people who visited the centre..
A man involved at a food distribution centre run by the Delhi government has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Concerned over the possibility that the man may have infected scores of people, the Delhi government ordered testing of all the people who visited the centre.
Delhi CM Kejriwal said, “All 186 cases which were tested positive yesterday are asymptomatic. They didn’t even know that they were carriers of coronavirus and they have been moving around”.
“One of the 186 positive patient told us that he was involved with a food distribution centre run by the Delhi government. He told us - for that past few days, I have been regularly involved in the food distribution exercise at the centre”.
After the announcement of the nationwide lockdown, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government had started food distribution centres for migrant workers and those in need. People throng these centres in large numbers.
“Just imagine how many people might have got infected due to this one person,” Kejriwal said while announcing the measures that the government will take to test and contain the COVID-19 spread through this food centre.
“I am assuming that the same set of people visit the food centre on a daily basis. I have ordered rapid testing of all these people,” Delhi CM said.
The Delhi government will carry out rapid testing of all government staff and volunteers involved at all food distribution centres being run by the government in the national capital.
Delhi is witnessing a rapid increase of COVID-19 cases. 186 of the 736 samples – about 25 percent -- it collected tested positive on April 18.
Kejriwal accepted that the cases are fast increasing, leading to an increase in the containment zones in Delhi. As on Sunday, Delhi has 77 containment zones.
The Delhi CM has said that the containment zones where people strictly followed the government guidelines have shown zero increase in cases. However, in such areas where people flouted the government rules and kept moving in their neighbourhoods have shown critical results.
“In Jahangirpuri, in a single lane, 26 positive corona cases were reported and all of them were from single-family. Despite living in a containment zone, the members of this family kept visiting each other’s houses leading to the spread of the virus”.
Looking at the fast increase in the positive cases, the Delhi government has decided not to relax the lockdown restrictions.
Total 1,893 positive cases have been reported in Delhi, out of which 26 are in ICU and six patients are on ventilators. The COVID death toll in Delhi has touched 43.
“The situation in Delhi is not out of control yet. We need to stay disciplined,” Kejriwal said.