Mumbai: In a shocking incident, some healthcare workers, including doctors and nurses were tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) from two private hospitals in the state capital on Monday. The state administration has sealed both the hospitals.
According to available information, three doctors and 26 nurses tested positive for novel coronavirus in Wockhardt Hospital in Mumbai Central and the facility has been sealed off to prevent the spread of infection. No one is allowed to enter or exit the private hospital, a civic official said. It was said that the hospital has several employees from Kerala.
A senior Congress leader from Kerala contacted the Maharashtra health minister Rajesh Tope and sought said that the state would his urgent intervention to ensure the safety of 40 COVID-19 positive Malayalee nurses working in the private hospital in Mumbai. New admissions were stopped and Outdoor patient Department (OPD) was closed at the Jaslok Hospital in Mumbai on Wednesday after at least one of its staff tested positive for coronavirus.
Meanwhile, the number of COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra rose to 781 with 33 people more people testing positive for the disease on Monday. Among the new cases, 19 were reported from Pune city, 11 from Mumbai and one each from Satara, Ahmednagar and Vasai (in Palghar district).
As many as 45 persons died of COVID-19 in the state so far.