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File photo of a technician from Dr Dangs Lab demonstrates before the media sample collection process for covid-19 tests, in New Delhi. (Photo: PTI)
File photo of a technician from Dr Dangs Lab demonstrates before the media sample collection process for covid-19 tests, in New Delhi. (Photo: PTI)

Coronavirus: 92 staffers of Pune Hospital under quarantine

  • At least 50 paramedical staff and 40 doctors Pune's DY Patil Hospital have been quarantined
  • Earlier, Wockhardt Hospital in Mumbai was declared as containment zone after 30 doctors and nurses were suspected to be infected with the covid-19

MUMBAI : Around 92 staff members of the DY Patil Hospital in Pune’s Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC), Maharashtra have been quarantined after an accident victim, who was being treated at the facility, tested positive for covid-19, an official said on Monday.

The patient, an autorickshaw driver in his 30s, met with the accident on 31 March. A day after he was operated upon, he developed covid-19 symptoms and was promptly tested. Following which, he was moved to the Yashwantrao Chavan Memorial (YCM) Hospital.

At least 50 paramedical staff and 40 doctors of the hospital have been quarantined. Last week, PCMC decided to reserve its 750-bed YCM Hospital to treat only covid-19 cases. It has also installed 25 ventilators and procured personal protective equipment (PPE) suits for the medical staff of the two civic hospitals that are treating covid-19 patients in the twin city. As consideration, all non-covid-19 cases were to be shifted to DY Patil Medical College hospital which is in the same locality.

Both the hospitals are located in one of the densely packed parts of the township surrounded by multiple slums that provide labour and contract staff to the larger academic, automotive establishments nearby. While there are rumours that this patient had contacts with members of Tablighi Jamaat, the local administration has not confirmed it.

Earlier, Wockhardt Hospital in Mumbai was declared as containment zone by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) after 30 doctors and nurses were suspected to be infected with the novel coronavirus, a senior official at BMC told Mint.

“We have declared Wockhardt Hospital as a containment zone and have removed 30 doctors and nurses from there. We have shifted these covid-19 suspected cases to the Seven Hills Hospital in Mumbai, where further tests will be carried out," said Vijay Khabale-Patil, chief public relations officer at BMC, without giving any further details on the covid-19 suspected cases.

Besides Wockhardt, new admissions were stopped and Outpatient Department (OPD) was closed at Mumbai's Jaslok Hospital last week after one of its staff members was tested positive for coronavirus.

As of 5 April, there were 748 covid-19 positive cases in Maharashtra, of which 458 patients hailed from Mumbai and 100 were from Pune. There have been 45 deaths in the state so far. Majority of the deceased did not have any international travel history but they also suffered from pre-existing health conditions, according to the public health department of Maharashtra.

The Maharashtra state government has announced Centre-led "cluster containment action plan" to target coronavirus hospots where a large number of patients have tested positive for covid-19. A total 519 teams were working in the Mumbai Municipal Corporation area and 439 teams in Pune Municipal Corporation area to curb the spread of covid-19. Further, 210 teams were doing house-to-house surveillance in the Nagpur corporation area and 196 teams had been deployed in Navi Mumbai area. There were 3078 teams working across the state and with over 10 lakh people under surveillance.

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