Total COVID-19 Cases In Noida Rise To 5

Publish On: 21 Mar, 2020 03:35 PM | Updated   |   Sj Desk  

One more person has tested positive for the deadly coronavirus in Noida, bringing the city's total reported cases to 5. According to district officials, the identified man had recently returned from a Europe trip along with his wife. The couple lives in sector 74 with their children, who were left behind under their grandparent's care. 

The district administration has ordered a lockdown in Supertech Capetown in Sector 74, where the man is a resident. The housing society, which has thousands of residents is on lockdown from 10 am Saturday till 7 am on Monday for sanitisation, the officials said.

“During this period nobody would be allowed to get in or go out of the society except only in very essential cases. Everybody is requested to stay indoors,” district magistrate BN Singh stated in an order.

“We have started the sanitisation work of the society after one person has been found positive for Covid-19. The person’s wife has been put under home quarantine. The decision on closing the nearby area as a precautionary will be taken as per the situation and further course of time,” he added.

Given the casual attitude of citizens, the officials have warned of legal action under section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of the Indian Penal Code if anyone is found in violation of the orders of the DM related to the ban on entry and exit of people from the society. 

The person had come back to the society on March 9 after visiting multiple countries with his wife in Europe. “The person didn’t even inform anybody after coming back from abroad. He had visited Switzerland, France, Italy and a few other countries. The couple didn’t even quarantine themselves after coming back. We came to know about his travel history from his neighbours after which we requested him to keep himself in quarantine but it was already quite late,” said Arun Sharma, president, resident’s welfare association, Supertech Cape Town society.

“Officials took him along with themselves on Friday night itself but we were informed in the morning (Saturday),” added Sharma.

Currently, the wife and children are in home quarantine. The wife's test reports are awaited.