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Mumbai's Kasturba Hospital could become a national centre to test Coronavirus

Currently, in Maharashtra, Pune’s National Institute of Virology (NIV) is the only testing centre for analysing the virus.

Mumbai's Kasturba Hospital could become a national centre to test Coronavirus
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The news regarding Coronavirus has been spreading fast both in the country and across the world. According to Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), two patients who were admitted last week in Mumbai's Kasturba Hospital and have been tested negative for Coronavirus. However, they will be kept under observation for some more days and further tests will be performed soon.

The outbreak of this Coronavirus began in the central Chinese city of Wuhan. As per British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), the virus has killed 81 and infected nearly 8,000 people globally till now. There have been 5 confirmed cases in the US and one confirmed case in Kerala. 

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Currently, Pune’s National Institute of Virology (NIV) is the only testing centre for analysing the virus. Till Friday, January 31, it had received 49 samples from across the country. According to reports, Kasturba Hospital in Chinchpokli might also start testing samples for Coronavirus, in order to ease its burden.

According to Additional Municipal Commissioner of Health in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), the Central Health Department is planning to turn the laboratory of Kasturba Hospital into another national testing centre for Coronavirus for faster processing of reports. The centre had instructed the authorities to submit the report on the medical facilities available in Kasturba Hospital, which was done on Friday, January 31. It would take a week for the authorities to get a response from the centre and once approved, they will be able to provide test reports faster.

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Notably, according to reports, the fourth person from Mumbai has been quarantined on suspicion of possible exposure to this deadly virus. The man in question is 36 years of age and is a resident of Tardeo in South Mumbai. He is currently admitted in Kasturba Hospital. 

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