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Coronavirus Update: BEST bus driver tests positive, admitted to Rajawadi hospital

The driver was among almost 236 frontline workers who were placed in home quarantine earlier and is attached to Kalakilla bus depot, which is adjacent to Dharavi depot, in Sion.

Coronavirus Update: BEST bus driver tests positive, admitted to Rajawadi hospital
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The Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) officials on Sunday informed that a BEST bus driver has been tested positive for the coronavirus or COVID-19. The driver was among 236 frontline workers who were placed in home quarantine earlier. 

An official informed that the driver had developed a fever and other symptoms related to COVID-19 during quarantine and was taken to Rajawadi hospital where he was tested positive. The driver is attached to Kalakilla bus depot, which is adjacent to Dharavi depot, in Sion, the Times of India reported. 

Until now, one driver, four conductors and two staffers from the power supply division have been tested positive. Along with this, BEST chief medical officer Dr Anil Kumar Singhal informed that a bus shunter from Tardeo has also been tested positive for the coronavirus or COVID-19 while 14 other employees have been hospitalised and were awaiting their medical reports. 

The chief medical officer further said that six out of the eight employees tested COVID-19 positive have contracted the infection either from their relatives or when they were out of Mumbai on leave. 

Nearly 7,242 staffers have been examined at out dispensaries while 220 employees who were on leave in March and April have submitted self-declaration forms after resuming duty, Dr Anil Kumar Singhal said. 

Earlier, a circular was placed outside the gates of 59 families asking them to stay at home. This happened after the mother of a former BEST staffer succumbed to COVID-19 on Saturday. As this happened, a building in Parel staff quarters was sealed. 

The BEST is now carrying out medical checkups of its staff. Of the 236 employees placed under home quarantine, 100 have completed it and may resume duty soon, an official said. 

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