The man started developing COVID-19 symptoms from March 25 but he initially decided not to visit a hospital. (Photo Credit: IANS)
A Dubai-returned man has been tested positive for deadly coronavirus days after he hosted a feast for 1,500 people in Morena district of Madhya Pradesh. According to reports, 11 of his family members have also been tested positive for COVID-19. The man had returned for Dubai on March 17 following the death of his mother. On March 20, the Trayodashah was organized in which around 1,500 people took part. Trayodashah is a ceremony to mark the 13th day of mourning.
The man, who works as a waiter in Dubai, started developing COVID-19 symptoms from March 25 but he decided not to visit a hospital. He decided to visit a hospital four days later after which the man and his wife were immediately quarantine. Both of them were tested positive on Thursday.
Later, health officials tested 23 of his close relative and 10 of them were positive.
"We sent 23 samples of the contacts of the two positive patients and received the reports on Friday. Out of them 10, including eight women, have tested positive for the virus. All 12 patients have now been quarantined at the hospital, while those who tested negative have been put under 14 days isolation at their houses in different parts of Morena district," Morena's Chief Medical Officer Dr RC Bandil was quoted as saying by media reports.
Some reports claim that man was tested before arrival in India but had no symptoms at that time.
Meanwhile, the total number of positive cases rose dramatically from 121 in the afternoon to 154 by 11.30 pm on Friday. The break-up is - Indore 112, Morena 12, Bhopal 9, Jabalpur 8, Ujjain 7, Chhindwara and Khargone one each, Gwalior-Shivpuri each.