Rishikesh’s 5 star resort turns into Covid hotspot; Over 30 staff test positive

  • | Saturday | 27th March, 2021

Over 30 staffers tested positive for Covid-19 over the past three days. There were 140 guests staying at the luxury hotel. An Art of Living ashram in Rishikesh also reported three Covid-19 cases in a day.

A five-star resort near Rishikesh will be shut for the next few days after over 30 staffers tested positive for Covid-19 over the past three days. There were 140 guests staying at the luxury hotel. An Art of Living ashram in Rishikesh also reported three Covid-19 cases in a day.

“The Taj Rishikesh Resort and Spa in Rishikesh’s Byasi area will remain closed for sanitisation for the next 48 hours,” said sub divisional magistrate of Narendra Nagar, Yukta Mishra.

The order was issued by the district magistrate after too many staffers got Covid-19,” added a health official who visited the resort on Friday to take stock of the safety preparations.

A source said the resort started testing its staff after a senior administrator tested positive. Over 100 staffers have been tested so far, of which 31 were found infected. “Reports of over 80 samples collected from the resort are still pending,” additional chief medical officer of Tehri, Dr Jagdish Joshi said. However, no decision has been taken about testing the 140 guests there or moving them elsewhere.

“The resort administration may keep the resort shut for longer to protect guests and staffers,” the visiting health official said. As of now, the resort has been asked to ensure no staffer is back on the job until full recovery and that no new guest is admitted without following Covid-19 safety protocols.

“Most staffers are asymptomatic, but we have kept them in isolation. They are being administered proper treatment. We will send sanitisation teams to the resort on Saturday and Sunday again, and collect more samples for contact tracing,” Joshi said.

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