A vendor who sells tea near “Matoshree”, the private residence of Maharashtra Chief Minster Uddhav Thackeray in suburban Bandra, has been found positive for novel coronavirus infection, a civic body official said on Monday. As a precautionary measure, civic officials have sprayed disinfectants in the area.

“The vendor run a tea stall in the locality. After he was found positive, contact tracking is going on,” he said, adding that the area near “Matoshree” has not been demarcated as a “containment zone”.

A report by NDTV says, all members of Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s security detail who may have come in contact with the tea vendor near his private residence, Matoshree in Mumbai’s Kalanagar, will be tested for possible infection. Over 170 police and the state reserve police personnel, some of whom were part of the Chief Minister’s security detail, have been moved from the area as a precautionary measure.

The police have installed barricades in the area. The official said the vendor was admitted to Jogeshwari-based HBT hospital. According to sources, the man used to stay inside his small shop. “However, it is not yet clear how he contracted the infection,” they said.

Meanwhile, in view of rising COVID-19 cases in Mumbai, the civic body has procured a new machine for speedy tests which will be installed at Kasturba Hospital.

“The “safe fast evaluation swab technique machine” is being set up in the hospital,” an officer said. Maharashtra has reported 748  COVID-19 cases so far with 45 deaths becoming the worst-hit state in India.