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Vegetable hawker in Delhi's Mehrauli found COVID-19 positive

A vegetable hawker in Delhi's Mehrauli has tested positive for COVID-19. According to the latest information, the vendor did not set up his vegetable stall ever since he developed symptoms. Officials said he was not part of the market that was shifted to a DTC Terminal.

Gonika Arora Edited by: Gonika Arora @AroraGonika New Delhi Updated on: April 23, 2020 23:14 IST
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A vegetable hawker in Delhi's Mehrauli has tested positive for COVID-19. According to the latest information, the vendor did not set up his vegetable stall ever since he developed symptoms. Officials said he was not part of the market that was shifted to a DTC Terminal. His close contacts have been checked and are presently at Terapanth Bhawan, officials said. Their results are awaited. Meanwhile, the administration alerted the citizens residing in the vicinity.

"Request all citizens to kindly check with your vendor about his health status for flu-like symptoms before starting a purchase. We are screening all vendors but then vigil by everyone will deter someone who is sick and still running such shop or thela. In this process, kindly do not misbehave or abuse the vendor," South Delhi District Magistrate BM Mishra said in an appeal.

The total number of coronavirus cases in the national capital on Thursday rose to 2,376, with 128 new cases and two fresh deaths being reported in a day, according to Delhi government authorities. Of the total number of 50 fatalities reported till date, 27 of the deceased were aged 60 and above, making over 52 per cent of the total death cases, they said. Thirteen of them were aged between 50-59 and 10 were aged less than 50 years, officials said.

By Wednesday night, the number of cases of the deadly virus in the city stood at 2,248, including 48 deaths. With two more fatalities, the death toll from COVID-19 in Delhi has risen to 50.

(With PTI inputs)

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