At least 10 infected with Covid-19 after attending mass feast in Madhya Pradesh

Updated on Apr 04, 2020 02:02 PM IST

They attended the feast in Morena, located about 465 kilometres north of Madhya Pradesh’s capital Bhopal, on March 20.

At least 10 more people were infected in Madhya Pradesh
At least 10 more people were infected in Madhya Pradesh
Hindustan Times, Bhopal | By

At least 10 people tested coronavirus disease (Covid-19) positive after attending a mass feast in Morena—located about 465 kilometres north of Madhya Pradesh’s capital Bhopal—on March 20 amid fears of more likely to have been infected, district officials said.

They contracted the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes Covid-19, from a man, who works as a waiter in Dubai, said officials in Morena.

The waiter and his wife were the first to test Covid-19 positive on Thursday after the mass feast, which was organised on March 20 because of his mother’s death. He returned home from Dubai on March 17 and organised the feast three days later, as part of the rituals of the shraddh ceremony. Up to 8,00 people are believed to have attended the feast, including his relatives, the officials said.

Though he had developed Covid-19 symptoms after he returned from Dubai he still visited his relatives and acquaintances’ houses to invite them for the feast in line with prevailing customs.

On March 25, he and his wife visited the hospital but were admitted four days later after their condition worsened.

Initially, the couple was quarantined and they tested Covid-19 positive on Thursday. Then, 10 others, who attended the feast, also tested positive. They include the waiter’s brother, his wife, their son and daughter-in-law and their two children—a six-month-old baby and a three-year-old toddler. The other four persons are from the waiter’s sister’s family.

“Out of the 32 swab samples sent for Covid-19 test, 12 were found positive. All of them are undergoing treatment in hospital. We’ve put 33 people under quarantine,” said RC Bandil, chief medical and health officer (CMHO), Morena.

“The number of fresh Covid-19 positive cases is likely to be much higher. We’re trying to contact each and every person who attended the feast, or those who’re invited by the waiter in person but couldn’t attend the function. It’s quite difficult to trace all those who attended the feast, or he had invited for the occasion because many of them have returned to their respective native places. Besides, people aren’t volunteering with information as they’re scared of being admitted to hospital,” said an administrative officer.

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