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NEW DELHI: Seventy-two families in South Delhi’s Malviya Nagar were quarantined on Thursday after a food delivery employee who serviced the area tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

Authorities have asked the restaurant to close temporarily, even as all its employees have tested negative for the disease. Employees at the restaurant from where the food was dispatched were also placed under quarantine. With over 1,500 positive cases, Delhi has the second-largest number of positive cases in India, after Maharashtra.

The delivery executive worked for a private pizza chain and had made a few deliveries which were booked through food delivery platform Zomato.

Zomato said it is not sure whether the executive was infected at the time of delivery, adding his co-workers have tested negative. “At Zomato’s end, we are leaving no stone unturned to make sure that our customers, our delivery partners and our restaurant partners are safe," a company statement added.

Authorities are working to isolate all those who came in contact with the agent.

“In view of this incident, we are considering that all those involved in home delivery of food are put through clinical screening so that those showing symptoms are stopped from visiting homes," B.M. Mishra, district magistrate of South Delhi told the Press Trust of India. Authorities are tracking the movement of the agent to ensure everyone who came in contact is isolated to reduce the spread.

As an essential service, food delivery is allowed during the lockdown period. Restaurants are allowed to run their kitchen to provide this service. Platforms like Zomato have also made arrangements to deliver groceries.

Domino’s Pizza issued a clarification that the delivery person was not associated with it, and that the company is taking all necessary precautions.

“This is to clarify regarding the news about a pizza delivery person being tested positive for Covid-19 in South Delhi. In order to ensure that there is no misinformation, we would like to confirm that this delivery person & the pizza does not pertain to Domino’s Pizza," a company spokesperson said

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