Two Mumbai hospitals declared as containment zone after staff test Covid-19 positive

7 April 2020 (Last Updated April 7th, 2020 15:46)

Two hospitals in Mumbai of India have been temporarily shut and declared as containment zone by Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) as several nurses and doctors have tested positive for Covid-19.

Two Mumbai hospitals declared as containment zone after staff test Covid-19 positive
More than 40 nurses and three doctors in Wockhardt Hospital have tested positive for the deadly coronavirus. Credit: Tumisu/Pixabay.

Two hospitals in Mumbai of India have been temporarily shut and declared as containment zone by Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) as several nurses and doctors have tested positive for Covid-19.

More than 40 nurses and three doctors in Wockhardt Hospital have tested positive for the deadly coronavirus. Swabs of over 270 patients and nurses have been sent for tests. 

Meanwhile, the city’s Jaslok Hospital has also reported that 12 staffers have tested positive for Covid-19.

Both the hospitals have imposed restrictions on the entry and exit to the buildings until all the patients admitted at the hospital test negative twice.

Wockhardt Hospital was quoted as saying by NDTV: “The source of the infection is identified as a 70 year old patient who was admitted to the hospital on March 17 for a cardiac emergency. The patient was asymptomatic (showed no symptoms of COVID19).

“On March 26, the patient developed cough, and was tested for COVID19, which turned out positive. The hospital staff were unknowingly exposed to the infection in the time period. We are informing the healthcare sector at large not to be misled by asymptomatic patients.”

Similarly, a nurse from Jaslok Hospital had tested positive in Mumbai after she was treating a patient who did not have any symptoms of Covid-19 or travel history.

Meanwhile, the total number of positive Covid-19 cases in India has increased to more than 4,500 and the death toll has jumped to 132.