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NEW DELHI: Coronavirus scare grew in Delhi-NCR on Tuesday, with the closure of two private schools in Noida. Three other branches of one of these schools, one in southern Delhi and two in Gurgaon, also advanced their spring break as a precaution.

Shriram Millennium School, Noida, where two children of the Delhi resident are studying (who tested positive for Covid-19), said it would close until Friday on the advice of Gautam Budh Nagar’s medical director, Anurag Bhargava. Shiv Nadar School, Noida, announced vacations until March 10. Meanwhile, Shri Ram, Vasant Vihar, will close from Thursday and its Aravali and Moulsari campuses in Gurgaon will close as of March 9. The school administration said: “Spring break has been advanced. Holidays will be used to disinfect schools as a precaution.”

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At least 70 people who came into contact with the Covid-19 patient, including six from Agra and 44 who attended a birthday party organized by him, are under surveillance.

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Delhi’s health minister Satyendar Jain said Tuesday that the government was taking all possible measures to keep the city safe. Flanked by deputy CM Manish Sisodia, Jain said: “Isolation rooms are being prepared in 25 hospitals, including 19 government-run hospitals and six private ones.” He added that more than 3.5 lakh N95 masks were organized. “We have more than 8,000 separation kits for staff who treat patients with coronaviruses.”

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Health ministry officials told TOI that the six people in Agra, who are suspected of being infected, have a high viral load and have been quarantined at Safdarjung Hospital, while other people who came into contact with the resident of Delhi were placed in isolation in their respective houses.

“Those admitted to Safdarjung hospital are isolated and stable. We have sent your lung wash samples to analyze the National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune. Confirmation is expected, “said the ministry of health.

The Delhi patient Covid-19 had visited the La Piazza restaurant in Hyatt Regency Delhi on February 28. As a precaution, the hotel said they had asked the staff present at the restaurant at that time to quarantine for 14 days.

“The government authorities recently confirmed that an individual who had dinner at La Piazza restaurant in Hyatt Regency Delhi on February 28, 2020, was diagnosed with Covid-19,” Hyatt Regency Delhi, area vice president and general manager Julian said in a statement Ayers

Meanwhile, an Italian tourist, who had come to India along with 21 others from his country, has confirmed that it is positive for Covid-19. The virus also appeared in the first test performed on his wife. With this, the total number of cases in India is likely to increase to seven. Officially, the number is six because the result of the confirmation test is expected in the Italian woman. Of these, three cases detected in Kerala have been treated and sent home.

Senior health ministry officials said both the Delhi resident and the Italian citizen confirmed positive for Covid-19 remained stable.

“They are under quarantine and are recovering well at Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi and Sawai Man Singh Hospital in Jaipur, respectively,” said an official.

The other Italian citizens in the group (13 women and eight men) and three accompanying drivers were placed in isolation at ITBP facilities, sources said.

Sources said Prime Minister Narendra Modi discussed the issue of Covid-19’s management in Delhi with Prime Minister Arvind Kejriwal. This was the first meeting of the two since Kejriwal took over as prime minister for his third term.

Meanwhile, in Ghaziabad, the health department sent two samples of residents, who recently returned from Iran, to perform coronavirus tests. Department officials said they obtained information about the two people, one from Indirapuram and the other from Vaishali, Sector 5, on Monday. While one person suffers from cough and cold, the other has no similar symptoms as of now. G K Mishra, the district’s malaria officer, said: “So far no positive case of coronavirus has been found in Ghaziabad.”

Times of India