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Coronavirus scare: Day after hubby, wife tests positive, Mumbai tally now 4 – Times of India

MUMBAI: A day after a 64-year-old man with a travel history to Dubai tested positive for coronavirus at Mahim’s P D Hinduja Hospital, nearly 100 people, including doctors, staffers, patients, his family members, housemaids and security guards were placed under quarantine and home isolation across the city.
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Late on Friday, his wife tested positive, taking the city’s tally of infected individuals to four. The man, who was admitted to ICU, was shifted to Kasturba Hospital, Chinchpokli, the designated isolation centre in the city, early on Friday. The first and second city patients are stable.

The seven immediate contacts from his house were also admitted to Kasturba, while eight staffers from Hinduja were admitted in their hospital itself, but their samples have come negative. Amid commotion through the day, several OPDs remained shut at the Mahim hospital on Friday but all departments are working now, sources said.
The man with a history of heart disease had arrived from Dubai and taken admission at Hinduja on March 8 as he was feeling uneasy. Based on his symptoms, doctors sent his swabs for testing which came positive on Thursday evening, triggering the chain of events.
Civic officials said the hospital compiled a list of 82 staffers, including doctors, nurses and patients, who may have come in contact with him during his four-day stay. BMC executive health officer Dr Padmaja Keskar said all 82 will be under home isolation for 14 days as per protocol. The hospital didn’t reveal details of how patients may have been affected by the incident.
At the person’s house, another seven people, including the building watchman, two of their housemaids and a neighbour, were placed under home isolation. “Five teams of 30 civic staffers including, BMC doctors, health workers and solid waste department staff, fanned out in the area from 10am. We have surveyed 460 households, but none had any symptoms,” said a civic official. The building was cleaned using sodium hydrochloride.
The incident prompted Hinduja to bring in preventive measures like asking patients to self-declare foreign travel before admission, screening patients at entrance and allowing only one relative per patient. Vinoo Hinduja, managing trustee, said: “In anticipation of Covid-19, Hinduja Hospital has been rigorously preparing for this day, because it was not a matter of ‘if ’ but ‘when’.”
In Navi Mumbai, parents of a Nerul resident who tested positive in Bengaluru on Thursday after visiting them were sent to Kasturba to get tested. They have been asked to stay home while waiting for the report. “The son had come to Nerul to meet his parents recently and was later tested positive. Therefore, we recommended that the parents get themselves tested and are expecting a report tomorrow,” said NMMC health officer Dr B S Sonawane.