New Delhi: A day after a tea vendor near ‘Matoshree’, the private residence of Maharashtra Chief Minster Uddhav Thackeray in suburban Bandra, was tested positive for novel coronavirus infection, the state government said that the police officials deployed at the CM’s residence will be tested for the COVID-19. Also Read - Maharashtra: Area Around 'Matoshree' Declared 'Containment Zone' After a Tea Vendor Tested +VE For COVD-19
An announcement to this effect was made by Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh on Tuesday. He said that the police personnel deployed at Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s private residence ‘Matoshree’ in suburban Bandra will be tested for coronavirus infection. Also Read - With Highest Toll of COVID-19 Cases, Maharashtra Becomes First State to Hint Lockdown Extension
According to him, the police personnel at the bungalow will be quarantined and replaced as a precautionary measure. Also Read - Social Distancing Goes For a Toss in COVID-hit Maharashtra as BJP Leader Calls Over 100 People to Mark His Birthday Amid Lockdown
“The policemen may have consumed tea from the stall. We will screen them and other staffers who were deployed there. We will quarantine them to contain the spread, in case they (the security personnel) have been infected,” the home minister said.
As per updates, the tea vendor was admitted to Jogeshwari-based HBT hospital for COVID-19. However, it is not yet clear how the vendor contracted the infection.
Soon after the news spread across the state, civic officials on Monday sprayed disinfectants in the area and took preventive measures in and around the bungalow.
Meanwhile, Deshmukh also slammed people for flouting the lockdown norms and stepping out of their homes for frivolous reasons. He also warned of taking strong action against lockdown violators.
“We are keeping vigil. We have issued orders to seize vehicles and 4,000 vehicles have been seized till Monday,” he said.
As the coronavirus cases are on the rise, the BMC has procured a new machine for speedy tests which will be installed at Kasturba Hospital. The worst-hit Mumbai has reported 526 COVID-19 cases so far with 34 deaths.