hopal: A senior IAS officer of Madhya Pradesh has tested positive for coronavirus in an initial screening, while eight new cases of COVID-19 have been reported, taking the state's tally to 119, said sources from the Health Department. However senior health officials did not confirm this.
The young 2011 batch IAS officer, Dr. J. Vijay Kumar, is director of administration in the Health department. He is also the chief executive officer of the Ayushman Niramayam Society and the managing director of the MP Public Health Corporation.
Two months ago, the officer had visited South Africa with his departmental staff to study the health infrastructure there. After experiencing fever and cold, he went into self-isolation on Tuesday. Doctors have asked the department to quarantine the staff members who were in close touch with him.
Eight more Covid-19 cases in state, tally rises to 119
Meanwhile, eight new cases of COVID-19, one of them a government employee, were reported from Madhya Pradesh since Thursday night, taking the state's tally to 119, a senior health official said on Friday.
Of the fresh cases, seven were recorded in Indore, the worst coronavirus-affected city in the state, and one in Chhindwara, he said. The Chhindwara patient is a 36-year-old man who became the first coronavirus positive case in the district, Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Atul Singh said.
He works in a government department in Indore and came to Chhindwara on March 19 before the lockdown, in force since March 25 to stem the spread of the deadly virus, he said.
The patient has been admitted in the Chhindwara district hospitals isolation ward and people who came into his contact are being quarantined, the SDM said. People in areas which he visited will be screened, he said.
Seven fresh coronavirus positive cases were reported from Indore, taking the total number of infected persons in the city to 89, a health official said.
Out of the total 119 coronavirus cases in the state so far, 89 have been reported from Indore, eight each from Jabalpur and Bhopal, six from Ujjain, two each in Morena, Shivpuri and Gwalior and one each from Khargone and Chhindwara, officials said.
Eight COVID-19 patients have so far died in the state — five from Indore, two from Ujjain and one from Khargone, they added.
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