An entire Indian village tested positive for coronavirus apart from one resident. Bhushan Thakur, 52, in Himachal Pradesh’s Lahaul Spiti was the only person found negative during testing.
The outbreak is being linked to a religious programme which was held few days back.
The administration has restricted tourism movement to Teling nullah near the north portal of the Rohtang Tunnel to avoid the spread.
Moreover, tourists weren’t allowed to enter Lahaul villages on Thursday as the village beyond Rohtang Tunnel has been turned into containment zones.
Thorang village along the Manali-Leh highway has just 42 residents as others have migrated to Kullu for winter, officials said. When the villagers voluntarily decided to get tested, 41 out of the 42 residents were found with the virus.
“I am staying in a separate room and have been cooking my meals for the last four days. I was with y family members until we got to know about the results. However, I was strict about the protocols like sanitising hands, wearing face masks and maintaining social distancing in public areas. People should not take this disease lightly,” Bhushan said.
The rising cases in Lahaul Spiti villages have become a matter of concern for officials as 856 people have been found positive so far in the district.