At least 16 Raj Bhavan staff test positive for COVID-19

At least 16 Raj Bhavan staff have tested positive for the coronavirus, Bhagat Singh Koshyari confirms of his well-being.

At least 16 Raj Bhavan staff test positive for COVID-19

With the surge in the number of coronavirus cases with every passing day, the news of at least 16 employees of the Maharashtra Raj Bhavan testing positive for the coronavirus has come across. Bhagat Singh Koshyari, the Maharashtra Governor, has meanwhile stated that he is fine, and not under self-isolation. He also added that he has tested negative for COVID-19. 

According to sources, those who tested positive for the coronavirus include staff members working in close proximity with the Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari. Therefore, soon after the reports came out, news of the Governor being put under isolation became viral. However, Koshyari has come out to the media calling these reports 'baseless'. Koshyari further speaking about the situation stated that for the moment he is discharging all official duties strictly adhering to protocols like social distancing, sanitizing and the wearing of masks  A total of 100 tests were conducted. However, full and complete results are still awaited.

Even though at least 16 of them have come out positive, all of these cases were reported to be asymptomatic. The first reported case was that of a junior electrical engineer a few days ago after which all were tested.  According to media reports, most people have been hospitalized and are in stable condition as of now.

Meanwhile, the death toll due to coronavirus breached the 10,000 mark in Maharashtra on Saturday, July 11, 2020. The death toll now stands at 10,116. According to data shared by the state health department, the number of coronavirus cases in the state jumped by a record 8,139 to reach 2,46,600. The state health department has also stated that the recovery rate in Maharashtra is 55.55 per cent while the case fatality rate is 4.1 per cent. At the moment, 6,80,017 people are under home quarantine and 47,376 people in institutional quarantine. Furthermore, out of 12,85,991 laboratory samples, 2,46,600 have been tested positive for COVID-19 until July 11, 2020.

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, meanwhile, in the backdrop of the praise by World Health Organization with regards to the containment of the coronavirus in Dharavi, had stated that the Dharavi slum in Mumbai has emerged as a global role model for containing the spread of COVID-19.