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Maharashtra: 66 residents of village test COVID-19 positive in a week


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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)