COVID-19: Pizza delivery boy tests positive in Delhi; 72 families to home-quarantine

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After a pizza delivery boy tested positive for COVID-19 in south Delhi, the authorties have home-quarantined seventy-two families, officials said on Thursday.

Additionally, seventeen people who worked with the delivery person have been sent to the Delhi government’s quarantine facility in Chattarpur, according to South Delhi district magistrate BM Mishra.

The delivery person associated with a popular pizza restaurant is now undergoing treatment at a hospital, while others who came in his contact are being monitored on a daily basis. Though dine-in at restaurants is prohibited in view of the ongoing lockdown, delivery services are allowed.

Mishra said that the delivery person had a cough, which was suspected to be caused by a common flu. “As he did not show any signs of recovery, he was sent to the RML Hospital in central Delhi,” he said, which is one of the two nodal centres designated to quarantine and treat persons suspected to have COVID-19.

“In the last fifteen days, he delivered pizza at seventy-two locations. We have placed all the people in home quarantine,” said Mishra. “There are seventeen people who used to work with him and they all have been taken to the institutional quarantine facility at Chattarpur.”

Mishra said he has instructed all delivery boys to use masks and follow the safety measures while executing a delivery.

As of Thursday morning, Delhi has recorded 1,578 coronavirus infections and 32 deaths, according to the Union health ministry website.

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