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Coronavirus: Mumbai hospital shut after 29 nurses, doctors test positive

  • Published at 03:39 pm April 6th, 2020
Medical staff stand inside an intensive care unit at a hospital during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown against the coronavirus, in Chennai on March 27 AFP

Mumbai, one of the worst hit metro cities by coronavirus outbreak in India, has reported 458 of Maharashtra's 745 cases

A hospital in Mumbai - one of the Covid-19 hotspots in India listed by the government - has been temporarily shut and declared a containment zone after 26 nurses and 3 doctors tested positive for the highly contagious novel coronavirus, reports NDTV.

A probe has also been ordered to investigate the unprecedented spike in the number of cases and rapid spread of Covid-19 at the Wockhardt Hospital, officials said. 

Nobody will be allowed to enter or exit the building till all the patients admitted at the hospital test negative twice. More than 270 patients and nurses are being tested. 

The outpatient department and emergency services have been suspended; the hospital canteen will provide food to the patients and nurses. 

An aggressive containment plan was released by Union Health Ministry on Sunday for large outbreaks of Covid-19, which includes buffer zones and sealing off areas for nearly a month. 

The strategy is meant to contain the illness caused by the novel coronavirus, first detected in China in December. 

The 20-page document says the aggressive containment strategy will be scaled down only if no new cases of Covid-19 are reported for at least four weeks after the last confirmed test.

More than 270 patients and nurses are being tested at Wockhardt Hospital in Mumbai. 

Mumbai, one of the worst hit metro cities by coronavirus outbreak in India, has reported 458 of Maharashtra's 745 cases. 

The state has recorded 45 deaths so far linked to Covid-19 and 30 of these deaths have been registered from Mumbai.

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