Hyderabad Swiggy delivery boy tests positive for COVID-19

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  19 April 2020 4:15 AM GMT
Hyderabad Swiggy delivery boy tests positive for COVID-19

Hyderabad: A youngster working at Swiggy (name withheld) food delivery aggregator in the city, has been tested positive for COVID-19. The patient’s samples were collected in the first week of April after his father who had been to Markaz, was tested positive.

A senior police officer told NewsMeter, " The boy's father had been to Markaz and returned to Hyderabad on March 18th. After the Chief Minister's order, all those who had been to Delhi were quarantined. The medical reports of this father turned positive, following which the family was moved to quarantine center at Sarojini Devi Hospital. Later the boy tested COVID positive. Inspection revealed that the delivery executive worked from March 18-20 and delivered food to at-least 25 people in Hyderabad city limits, however this was before the test results. The police and GHMC are tracing the contacts of the boy'.

Sources revealed that the youngster, in his mid 20s, belonged to the Nampally area's Laxmi nagar area and was working with Swiggy for more than a year.

The Medical and Health department and Police department ,on Saturday night, started containment process near his residence in Nampally.

Instructions were given to all departments concerned to identify all the restaurants, hotels and food joints from where he collected packed food in March, delivery points and also the workers working at these places.

The information was also communicated to his co-workers at Swiggy. They were also asked to report to any health facility immediately and get tested. Officials are also mulling to ask the restaurants, hotels and food joints from where the youngsters picked food for delivery, to close their operations immediately, as a preventive measure.

In addition to this Swiggy management said, Our Swiggy delivery partner ,who hasn’t delivered any orders to any customer since 21st March before lockdown began, 28 days ago has been tested positive for COVID-19 in Hyderabad. We are in touch with him and the local authorities to trace anyone he’s come into contact with recently. We are committed to supporting the delivery partner through these difficult times. He and his family members were quarantined as soon as he was detected with COVID-19'.

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