All patients who had visited the clinic between March 12 and March 20 have been ordered for home-quarantine for the next 15 days. (Photo Credit: IANS File Photo)
Less than a week after a doctor was tested positive for coronavirus infection at Delhi government-run medical facility in Maujpur, another Mohalla Clinic doctor was confirmed to have the COVID-19 infection. All patients who had visited the clinic between March 12 and March 20 have been ordered for home-quarantine for the next 15 days. It is still not known whether this doctor was in contact with the other COVID-positive case. If it has happened, it can trigger the fear of community transmission. Last week on March 26, around 800 people have been quarantined in the National Capital after a doctor working at a Mohalla clinic in North-East Delhi's Maujpur area tested positive for coronavirus infection. His wife and daughter were also infected by the killer disease. According to Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain, everyone who either consulted or contacted the COVID-19 positive doctor between March 12 and March 18 were traced and quarantined. The doctor tested positive after coming in contact with a woman from Saudi Arabia, who had the COVID-19 infection. (Coronavirus LIVE Updates)
Delhi has already emerged a the corona hotspot with several cases being reported from the Nizammudin area. The Delhi Markaz of Tablighi Jamaat came under the spotlight after seven deaths were reported from Telangana.
The travel history revealed that all of them had attended the religious congregation in Nizamuddin. On Monday evening, the health officials reached the Tablighi Jamaat headquarters and told the people living in the building about the viral infection. So far, 37 confirmed cases of coronavirus infection have been reported from the building.
Out of these 24 were tested positive, Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain said. Meanwhile, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Tuesday reviewed the COVID-19 sampling and testing strategy and said all efforts should be made to procure testing kits immediately for supply to laboratories.
The minister directed officials to ensure states have all the required facilities and do not face shortage of testing kits, reagents or equipment. Extra support will be given to states and union territories that do not have laboratories and testing facilities as well as to North-Eastern states and the UT of Ladakh, the health ministry said in a statement. There should be no comprised in the quality of testing kits procured by the government or private labs, Vardhan directed and said a quality assessment of the kits will be done regularly.
(With agency inputs)