Tribune News Service
New Delhi, March 3
The government on Tuesday said six people who came in contact with the New Delhi man who tested positive for novel coronavirus infection had shown disease symptoms and are under observation.
In a statement, the Health Ministry said, “Six cases with high viral load have been detected during sample testing in Agra. These are the ones who have come in contact with the COVID-19 patient from New Delhi, reported on Monday. They have been kept in isolation. Their samples are being sent to NIV, Pune, for confirmation.”
The ministry said the contact tracing of those who had come in contact with these six people is also simultaneously being done through the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) network.
Meanwhile, Gautam Buddha Nagar’s District Magistrate office has confirmed that two schools have closed down on their own in Noida. The schools are Millennium School and Sriram Millennium School.
Earlier, parents in one of the schools took back their children after reports that parents of one student had shown disease symptoms.
The parents are learnt to have come in contact with the New Delhi patient who has a travel history to Italy.
On Monday, India tested two positive cases, one each in Delhi and Telangana.
The government has called for extreme caution by the public and asked them to stay away from people with flu, practice hand hygiene by regularly washing hands.
COVID 19 is reaching pandemic stage with infections reported by 66 nations.
The Hyatt Regency Delhi on Tuesday asked its employees to self-quarantine for 14 days after it came to light that a COVID-19 patient had dined at a restaurant in the hotel on February 28.
However, the hotel was open to customers.
After Health Ministry officials were seen sanitising the hotel, the hotel management issued a statement saying that it is taking precautionary measures.
"Since receiving this news, as advised by the authorities, the hotel has enacted elevated precautionary operational protocols, including deep-cleaning measures in the restaurant, colleagues lockers and in all public areas, restaurants and meeting spaces across the hotel," the statement said.
"All colleagues who were present at the restaurant on February 28, 2020 have been asked to self-quarantine for 14 days," the statement added.
Besides, the hotel has also started to conduct daily temperature checks for its employees and contractors when they enter and exit the building. — With agencies
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