Cloud kitchen startup Box8 today said one of its delivery partners at its Malviya Nagar kitchen in South Delhi had tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
The Delhi administration has asked 72 families in the city where the rider had delivered food.
"The delivery partner has been keeping well and getting the required medical attention. All his co-workers have been quarantined and the Malviya Nagar kitchen has been shut down for 14 days," Box8 said in a statement.
"As front line workers, our delivery partners are at the highest risk when delivering essential items like food and grocery. As a company, we have been working very hard to ensure each one of us follows best practices and safety measures," it added.
Box8, whose parent company also operates Mojo Pizza, sells exclusively on Zomato, which also put out a statement.
"We have been made aware that a restaurant's employee, who has been recently tested positive for COVID-19, had delivered food in the past to a few customers in the Malviya Nagar area in Delhi. All these customers have been contacted by the govt authorities," it said.
"Some of these orders delivered by the restaurant staff were placed on Zomato. We are not sure whether the rider was infected at the time of the delivery," Zomato added.
It further added that Zomato was doing its best to take precautionary measures such as temperature checks to ensure that its riders remain safe from the outbreak.
Update: A previous version of this story, quoting IANS, said that a pizza delivery agent had tested positive. That is not the case.
First Published: IST