Twenty more people tested positive for coronavirus in Madhya Pradesh on Wednesday, taking the total number of such cases in the state to 86, a health official said.
Among the new cases, 19 were reported from Indore and one from the neighbouring Khargone district, he said. Of the 19 new patients in Indore, nine are from one family, including three children, aged 3, 5 and 8, residing in Tanzeem Nagar area of the city, the official said.
A police official from Indore is also among the new coronavirus patients. He is admitted to a private hospital, Additional Superintendent of Police Guru Prasad Parashar said.
As a precautionary measure, the police official’s wife and two daughters are also kept in a separate ward of the hospital.
The police station where the official was posted as in-charge has been sanitised and steps are taken to protect the other staff from the infection, Parashar said.
Indore has been the worst hit in the state as 63 coronavirus cases have been reported from the industrial city so far. Three of these patients earlier died. Besides, Jabalpur has so far reported eight cases, Ujjain-six, Bhopal-four, Shivpuri and Gwalior two each and Khargone-one.
Of the total 86 patients, five died, including three of Indore and two from Ujjain, the official added.
Meanwhile, 107 people from the State who attended a religious congregation at Markaz Nizamuddin, in New Delhi, were identified and quarantined, an senior official said. Markaz Nizamuddin has become one of the major COVID-19 hotspots in the country.
“We have identified all the 107 people from Madhya Pradesh who attended the Tabligh-e-Jamaat’s event in Delhi. They have been put under quarantine and are being examined thoroughly,” Bhopal Collector Tarun Kumar Pithode told PTI . “We are keeping a close watch on them. There is no reason to worry or panic,” he added.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Tuesday directed the officials concerned to quarantine over 100 people from the state who attended the congregation in the national capital.
The Delhi government on Tuesday said 24 people, who took part in the congregation, have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
People from across the country had taken part in the mega meet.
After the matter came to light, the Centre and the Delhi government swung into action to trace people who attended the congregation.