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Another resident of Delhi among the 23 that tested positive on Wednesday | India News

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NEW DELHI: The new coronavirus scare in India took a serious turn on Wednesday, and the ministry of health confirmed up to 23 new cases, all in Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, taking the total number of people who have so far been infected to 29 .

A 26-year-old Paytm employee, a resident of Pankha Road in Janakpuri, became the second resident of Delhi to hire Covid-19. I had just returned from a vacation in Italy, a coronavirus hotspot.

Most of the new cases occurred between an Italian tourist party, with 15 more positive tests for the virus, including the wife of the 69-year-old man, currently under treatment in Jaipur, who had possibly carried the infection from Italy.

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Others included six relatives of Agra, a resident of Delhi, who had previously tested positive for the infection.

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The Paytm employee worked in the company’s Gurgaon office, which was closed for 15 days. Company employees in Noida and other offices throughout India have been advised to work from home for the next two days. Paytm has also advised all team members who were in contact with the patient to get tested. The firm has almost 3,000 employees, and most work from its offices in Noida and Gurgaon.

Health officials in Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, where Covid-19 patients have been traveling, face a massive task of tracking and evaluating all who may have been in contact with infected people. The number of such people is estimated at more than 100.

“The Italian citizens who tested positive for Covid-19 had been traveling through Rajasthan, Agra in Uttar Pradesh and parts of Delhi, before being isolated. The Delhi resident also contacted more than 60 people, including family members, from the moment he returned from Italy, where he is suspected of contracting the infection, until the moment he finally tested positive for the new infection. by coronavirus. “Said a source.

Meanwhile, Paytm announced a series of precautions after one of its employees tested positive.

A spokesman for the company said: “One of our colleagues who recently returned from Italy has unfortunately tested positive for coronavirus. He is receiving treatment (at Safdarjung Hospital) and we are providing full support to his family. As a precautionary measure, we have suggested that your team members have health tests done immediately. We have also advised all our colleagues to work from home for a couple of days while disinfecting our offices. However, there will be no impact on our daily operations and Paytm services will continue as usual. ”

Government sources said that all the people who tested positive for Covid19, except the 69-year-old Italian who was the first in his group to be detected with Covid-19 and is under treatment at Sawai Manshingh Hospital (SMS) in Jaipur, They are stable.

“The 69-year-old man has trouble breathing. He is being given respiratory assistance using a bi-pap machine, in addition to being treated with various antibiotics and antiviral medications for symptomatic relief, “said a source.

His wife, who tested positive on Wednesday, is also being treated at the same hospital.

Union health minister Harsh Vardhan said that although there is no need to panic, the government has asked all states, including Delhi-NCR, where Covid-19’s maximum positive cases are currently being addressed, that create more insulation facilities.

“Today I met with the Minister of Health of Delhi, Satyendar Jain, and we discussed in detail the preparation for the management of Covid-19 in Delhi. We have asked state authorities to develop isolation facilities in all hospitals where positive and suspicious cases can be quarantined, if the need arises, ”said Vardhan.

Later, CM Arvind Kejriwal of Delhi also announced the creation of a state workforce to address the outbreak, if any, and to control the black marketing of masks and disinfectants.

Covid-19 spreads very fast and is known to cause severe symptoms in the elderly and people with pre-existing diseases. The experience of China, where the outbreak originated, shows that children and young people are the least affected.

A senior Niti Aayog official said the government plans to also involve private hospitals in the coming days to expand the infrastructure to isolate and treat positive cases.

“On Thursday, a meeting of representatives of the best private hospitals was convened to discuss the plan. The government will help them create that facility, ”he told TOI V K Paul, a member of Niti Aayog.

To date, 94,348 cases and 3,221 deaths have been reported due to Covid-19, a new coronavirus infection that was first reported in Wuhan in China.

Epidemiologists said there was no need to panic as China’s latest reports show that the outbreak has begun to decline in China. “With the right measures and awareness, the Covid-19 outbreak can be controlled,” said a doctor. He added that most cases of Covid-19 are mild. “The mortality rate is around 3%, which is lower than that of SARS and MERS, both coronaviruses that caused outbreaks in the past,” he added.

However, on the ground, anxiety levels are clearly rising. Despite calls from the authorities, citizens across the country complained that there were no masks and disinfectants available in stores and online stores.

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