21 staff members of Jaslok Hospital have COVID-19 symptoms

There have been over 590 registered case in Mumbai

21 staff members of Jaslok Hospital have COVID-19 symptoms
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As many as 21 staff members of Jaslok Hospital have tested positive for COVID-19. Following this, the operations of the hospital were halted completely. However, on Tuesday, the hospital management issued a statement stating, "We look forward to restarting the Hospital operation from April 13 onwards.”

Apart from Jaslok, another premier hospital from Mumbai that is currently shut is  Wockhardt. In Wockhardt hospital, as many as 40 nurses have tested positive and the hospital has been shut for outside patients. 

Coming back to Jaslok Hospital, the spokesperson of the hospital assured that the contact tracing for everyone testing was underway. He went on to add that they have carried tests on 1005 staff, doctors and residents which comprise of both high risk and low risk contacts of positive patients and staff as well as precautionary testing of the department. 

"Of 1005 that have been tested. 984 staff was tested negative and 21 staff was tested positive. In addition, the existing patients were also tested for COVID. None of the staff who tested positive is critical. Of the staff tested positive, 19 are asymptomatic and 2 have mild symptoms. 16 asymptomatic staff fulfilling the criteria of age and no comorbidities have been shifted to Seven Hills hospital and one is in Kasturba and remaining 4 are in the COVID ward of Jaslok Hospital,” he added.

Mumbai currently is the hotspot with the maximum number of cases. There are 1,135 cases in Maharashtra of which 714 are from Mumbai. The State health minister, Rajesh Topehas shared that the state is still in stage 2 and community transmission has not started as yet. However, the authorities are leaving no stones unturned to combat the spread. From making containment zones to sealing the entire area, every strategy in the book is being deployed. BMC has also adopted the formula of keeping shops open on alternative days using the odd-even formula in Bandra Bazaar area to discourage people from over-crowding. 

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