New Delhi: A doctor at a mohalla (community) clinic in northeast Delhi has tested positive for coronavirus, health officials said on Wednesday. His wife and daughter, who were also found to be infected with coronavirus, have been admitted to a hospital. 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.
It’s not yet clear if the doctor had a history of foreign travel or came in contact with somebody who did. 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.
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.