Four more Mumbaikars quarantined over coronavirus suspicion

Four more Mumbaikars quarantined over coronavirus suspicion

In latest development to the coronavirus in Maharashtra, four people in the state, including a 29-year-old Sanpada resident, have been quarantined after they were suspected of having contracted the coronavirus.

Accordingly, the 29-year-old's samples have been collected for testing at the recently-set up laboratory in Kasturba Hospital, where the individual is also being quarantined. According to the doctors, the results for his tests are awaited.

According to reports, the man works in the shipping industry and had travelled to China on January 22. He returned from China on February 3. According to his friend, he did not have a cough, cold or any other symptoms but he knew about the coronavirus and wanted to get himself tested. After which, he voluntarily went to Kasturba Hospital and got hospitalised.

Originally from Chennai, the man lives with his friend in Sanpada and usually sails for months at a stretch.

“He had left more than a month ago. In last few days of the journey, he travelled to China,” the friend told The Indian Express.

The remaining three individuals with suspected coronavirus symptoms have been admitted to the Indira Gandhi Medical College in Nagpur. The state government has set up a new testing facility at the medical college to ensure that the National Institute of Virology in Pune does not have to bear the load of multiple samples in the future.

Meanwhile, state officials said none of the 21 samples tested so far has been positive for the virus.

Close to 11,000 people have been screened at the Mumbai International Airport in the past few days. This screening process has been started after the outbreak of coronavirus. The toll rate for this virus is 425 people so far.

Meanwhile, China – which has witnessed over 20,000 domestic cases so far – has imposed quarantine and travel restrictions, in turn affecting the movement of 56 million people in more than a dozen cities. The move has been imposed by the Chinese government to curb the transmission rate from accelerating.

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