800 People in Contact With Infected Mohalla Clinic Doc Quarantined

It is yet unclear how the doctor contracted the disease.

Updated26 Mar 2020, 05:43 AM IST
India
2 min read

A doctor at a Mohalla clinic in northeast Delhi’s Maujpur has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a government notification on Tuesday, 24 March. The doctor's wife and daughter have also tested positive.

A total of 800 people who came in contact with him have been quarantined for 14 days, according to Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain. The number of coronavirus cases in Delhi has now risen to 36.

Those who went to the clinic between 12 and 18 March have been asked to go on quarantine for at least 15 days and contact a doctor if they develop symptoms.

It is yet unclear how the doctor contracted the disease.

A mohalla clinic is a primary health centre with one doctor and at least two pharmacists providing check-ups and medicines for free, providing critical relief for economically weaker sections of society.

The Delhi government has opened around 450 such mohalla clinics across the capital since 2015.

Five new coronavirus cases were reported in Delhi, pushing the number of total cases to 35, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Wednesday, 25 March.

His government is also issuing e-passes for people associated with essential services to commute during the lockdown.

Milk sellers, vegetable vendors, grocers, etc can call helpline 1031 to get the passes on their mobile phones, Kejriwal said during a digital press conference.

The chief minister said people can walk down to shops nearby to buy items of daily use.

Amid reports of medical staffers being harassed by landlords to vacate the premises, Kejriwal requested the house owners to not misbehave with the professionals out to fight and contain the virus.

The harassment of medical staff cannot be tolerated, he said, warning that strict action will be taken against the landlords.

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(With inputs from PTI)

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Published: 26 Mar 2020, 03:33 AM IST

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