JALNA: Fear has gripped Khanepuri village in Maharashtra's Jalna district after 66 of its residents tested positive for coronavirus within a week, a health official said.
The village, located in Jalna tehsil, has a population of 1,700.
"Between November 26 and December 3, a total of 66 people in the village tested coronavirus positive," Rahmani Shakil, medical officer of the primary health centre, said.
On December 1 alone, as many as 35 villagers were found infected, he said.
Another health official said that on November 25, around 200 villagers had attended the funeral of a local resident, where they allegedly did not follow the COVID-19 norms.
Following that, the village started witnessing a spike in the number of cases.
"We have admitted all 66 patients to a designated COVID-19 hospital in Jalna," Shakil said.
The district has so far recorded over 12,100 coronavirus positive cases and 323 patients have died, officials said.(THE NEW INDIAN EXPRESS)