800 Quarantined After Delhi’s Mohalla Clinic Doctor Tests Positive for COVID-19

Visitors who went to the clinic in Maujpur between March 12 and 18 have been asked to go on quarantine and contact a doctor if they experience COVID-19 symptoms

New Delhi| The Delhi government on Thursday ordered 14-day quarantine for 800 people after a doctor at a North East Delhi mohalla clinic tested positive for the coronavirus, Hindustan Times reported, citing Health Minister Satyendar Jain.

On Wednesday, the Shahdara sub-divisional magistrate had ordered all the patients who had visited the Maujpur clinic, run by the doctor between March 12 and 18, to home quarantine and contact a doctor if they exhibit any symptoms of the disease.

The doctor tested positive on March 21 after a 38-year-old woman, with a travel history to Saudi Arabia, visited his clinic.

“Covid-19 cases in Delhi have risen to 36. A mohalla clinic doctor and four others have been tested positive after they came in contact with an infected woman who returned from Saudi Arabia. The doctor’s wife and daughter have also tested positive,” Jain told media.

Mohalla clinics are community health centres set up by the Delhi government that offer primary healthcare services.

They are meant for economically weaker sections of society so the spread of the COVID-19 infection in the community could have disastrous consequences.

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Maujpur also happens to be one of the areas worst hit by the last month’s violence and has people still trying to rebuild their lives.

Earlier on Wednesday, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said five new coronavirus cases were reported in the capital in the past 24 hours, pushing the number of total cases to 35.

Among the five new cases reported in the past 24 hours is a foreign national, Mr Kejriwal said.

Amid reports of police attacks on delivery executives of online retailers selling basic necessities, he said the government will begin issuing e-passes for them.

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