The area around Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s residence has been sealed after a 45-year-old tea vendor near ‘Matoshree’ in suburban Bandra tested positive for Covid-19, Mumbai Mirror reported on Monday.
Around 160 members of Thackery’s security team, who could have come in contact with the tea vendor, have been quarantined in Bandra East and their samples were sent for testing, Hindustan Times reported. “There is no need to panic, this is our protocol to identify possible high-risk and low-risk contacts to avoid further spread of the disease,” Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation Deputy Health Daksha Shah told Hindustan Times.
The vendor had reported fever, cough and breathlessness after which he was admitted to a hospital. However, he does not have any travel history.
Four people who reside in the building where the tea-seller also lives have been placed under quarantine, reported ANI citing the police. Some security personnel deployed at ‘Matoshree’, who visited the tea stall, have been kept in isolation too as a precautionary measure.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has sprayed disinfectants in the area.
On Monday, Mumbai reported 57 fresh Covid-19 cases. As of April 6, Maharashtra has reported 868 cases of the coronavirus, with a significant percentage coming from Mumbai. There have been 52 deaths in the state so far while 70 people have recovered.