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  India   All India  02 Jun 2020  Covid scare in MP after entire Tribal village in Balaghat reports fever

Covid scare in MP after entire Tribal village in Balaghat reports fever

Published : Jun 2, 2020, 4:09 pm IST
Updated : Jun 2, 2020, 4:09 pm IST

The village has a population of around 170 people.

Representational image.
 Representational image.

Bhopal: A tribal village in Madhya Pradesh’s Balaghat district set alarm bells ringing in the state administration when a large number of residents suddenly took ill. Fearing coronavirus outbreak, the state government on Monday rushed a team of doctors to Harri Bhata village, under Baihar tehsil, to conduct rapid tests of some villagers to find out if any of them have Covid-19.

“We have done rapid tests of 31 people in the village. But all the cases have been found asymptomatic. We are keeping a close watch on the situation,” Balaghat district chief medical health officer (CMHO) Manoj Pandey told this newspaper.

The village has a population of around 170 people and about 70 guest workers belonging to the village returned to their homes from different states in May this year.

The district has reported a total of seven coronavirus positive cases. “We are concerned because it would be a challenging task for us to handle the situation if the pandemic spreads to the area,” a senior district officer said.

Tribals are particularly vulnerable to community transmission because of their culture of community living.

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Location: India, Madhya Pradesh, Bhopal