MUMBAI: With one more patient with positive coronavirus identified in Maharashtra, minister for public health Rajesh Tope has confirmed that the total count has reached to 32 cases on Sunday.
While talking to media, Tope said that out of 32 positive cases identified in Maharashtra, 18 have arrived with coronavirus infection from other countries including US, France, Philippines and Dubai, while remaining 14 were infected due to coming into their contact. There are still 75 suspected patients admitted in isolation wards and kept under observation, said Tope.
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Till March 15, the state health authorities have screened about 1.81 lakh passengers who arrived at the airport.
Minister visited two hospitals on Sunday, Seven Hills and Kasturba Gandhi hospitals in Mumbai, and took review of the preparation. “The lab test capacity of the Kasturba hospital to be increased by 250 samples from 100 per day. From Wednesday, Kasturba Gandhi hospital would be able to test 350 per day and set up will be installed at BMC’s KEM hospital with the test capacity of 250 will start from Wednesday,” said Tope.
Tope said as precautionary measures, the state will instruct to stop breath analysis conducted by traffic police. He also said that hospitals have been provided with television sets, wifi service and newspapers to entertain people who are being quarantined.