NEW DELHI: In what comes out as a major relief, all 16 people who were high-risk contacts of a 19-year-old Covid-19 positive pizza delivery boy in South Delhi have tested negative for the coronavirus besides 72 families whom they delivered pizza.
All of those tested were suspected to have been infected by the pizza delivery boy from Savitri Nagar in city’s Malviya Nagar area parts of which have been converted into a containment zone. The sixteen colleagues of the delivery boy were put under institutional quarantine at a facility in Chhatarpur after the authorities found out that they were in close contact with their colleague who has tested positive.
The 72 families were put under home quarantine in Malviya Nagar after April 14 when the pizza delivery boy tested positive for Covid-19.
According to district administration officials, the youth first developed Covid-19 symptoms on March 20. However, he continued to deliver food and came in touch with 72 families in Malviya Nagar and Hauz Rani during this period. By April 5, he didn’t have fever, but the cough persisted. The boy went to the OPDs of two hospitals — Madan Mohan Malviya Hospital in Khirki Extension and Safdarjung Hospital — for treatment. The hospitals were also alerted and the milk booth to which he had come in contact has been shut and the owner home quarantined.
South DM BM Mishra said that all those who have been put under home quarantine in connect with these links have to complete the full quarantine period even though they have tested negative.
Meanwhile, the test reports of seven family members and two neighbours of the family of a food and supply inspector have been found to be negative. The father of the food and supply officer, living in West Delhi’s Hari Nagar area, had died of Covid-19 on Friday. The area has already been declared a containment zone and more than 700 people working at various schools and shops where dry ration is being distributed, have already been quarantined.
Even though the reports of the nine persons have come negative, more than 700 people who came in contact with the food and supply officer have been asked to remain under self-quarantine for a period of 14 days as per standard protocols. The food and supply officer had come in contact with people at fair price shops, people at hunger relief centres and points from where ration is being distributed.
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