Maharashtra Housing Minister Jitendra Awhad has tested positive for Covid19 on Thursday.
The minister was under home quarantined along with 15 members of his family for a week as some of his security staff tested positive for the novel coronavirus. It is suspected that the MLA came in contact with the virus after meeting a police officer, who later tested positive.
The MLA had tested negative for the virus before April 13. It is believed that the NCP MLA is part of a long chain of transmission in Mumbai. It is suspected that Jitendra Awhad was infected with novel coronavirus after he met a senior police inspector of Mumbra police station. The meeting took place earlier in April to discuss the lockdown and law and order situation. The police officer tested positive last week when he was on leave at his native town in Nashik.
The officer had carried out an operation to nab Tablighi Jamaat members in Mumbra and had apprehended 21 foreign nationals including 13 Bangladeshi and 8 Malaysian nationals after the news regarding the Delhi event of broke.