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Mumbai's Jaslok Hospital Shut For All But Critical Patients As Staff Tests Covid Positive

According to sources, as many as 6 people, including a nurse and five other staff members have tested positive for novel Coronavirus at Mumbai's Jaslok Hospital

According to Republic TV sources, a staffer has tested positive for novel Coronavirus at Mumbai's Jaslok Hospital, which has subsequently been shut to all but existing patients who will continue to get treatment.

Sources state that the hospital is unsure about how the staff contracted the infection, though, apart from those listed above, precautionary measures are being mounted to ascertain the scope of the spread and take emergency measures should the need arise. Results of five other staffers who are suspects are awaited.

More than 100 staff members tested

According to reports, there was an asymptomatic patient who came in and had to undergo dialysis but later he tested positive. Currently, the hospital administration is not allowing any new admissions, no OPD and no visitors. Even the emergency section of the hospital has been closed, with only critical patients being allowed. Sources said more than 100 people, including staff and patients, were being tested and some people have been put into isolation.

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On Tuesday, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra surged to 302 with 82 fresh cases being reported. Among them, more than 59 cases were from Mumbai. As per the Maharashtra Health Department, one person from the Philippines who attended the Markaz Nizamuddin has been traced and appropriate action has been taken.

Moreover, the authorities are also tracing other possible contacts. Earlier in the day, Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope revealed that the maximum number of the novel Coronavirus cases were concentrated in the Mumbai and Thane region. 

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