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Parts of MT settlement in Delhi sealed as Covid-19 patient discovered

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Entrance near the Ngagpa monastary in MT settlement in Delhi barred on Thursday. Photo- facebook
Entrance near the Ngagpa monastary in MT settlement in Delhi barred on Thursday. Photo- facebook

By Tenzin Dharpo

DHARAMSHALA, May 29: An Indian woman who recently visited the Samyeling Tibetan settlement in Delhi known commonly as Majnukatilla has tested positive for Covid-19, leading to parts of the settlement being sealed as precaution, the Settlement Officer there told Phayul on Friday.

On Thursday, the tests result of the Indian woman confirmed her infection to the virus. Days ago on May 21, the woman who earlier lived in the nearby Punjabi Basti came to live with her fellow-villagers at a quarter belonging to the Ngagpa monastery. She was pregnant and suffered child-delivery related complications. She was subsequently helped by Tibetan nurses from the Tibetan exile government (CTA) clinic and was later admitted to a nearby hospital.

The settlement officer Phuntsok Topgyal said, “As soon as we came to know about the case on Thursday, we have placed four Tibetan nurses in quarantine and sealed the Ngagpa monastery area in consultation with Indian MCD authorities. They have agreed to come and sanitize the area.” The SO added that the nurses have not showed any symptoms of the virus yet.

Phuntsok also told Phayul that Majnukatilla which has many businesses have remained closed since the nationwide lockdown began. Only recently, restaurants have been allowed for takeaway as per government rules.

Delhi, the capital of the country is one of the worst hit places with 1,106 more cases, the total number has mounted to 17,387 as of Friday.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted on Friday that people can get treated in their homes while in isolation provided that they have no immediate complications, a standard procedure seen in many places around the globe where there are large number of cases.

“My Delhiites do not worry if you contracted corona. Most of you can be treated in home quarantine itself. Still, if you need to be admitted to hospital, we have full preparations for it. I pray to the god for your good health and happiness. Corona patients who have no or mild symptoms can recover at their home. They need not get admitted to hospital,” CM Kejriwal tweeted.








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