After two private hospitals in Mumbai were sealed following some of their medical staff testing positive for the novel coronavirus, services of four more city hospitals have been affected due to possible exposure to Covid-19 patients.
The four hospitals are Bhatia Hospital, Breach Candy Hospital, Hinduja Hospital in Khar and Spandan Hospital in Mulund East.
A nurse and a technician from Breach Candy Hospital tested positive for Covid-19, following which the hospital was asked not to admit any new patients on Thursday.
BMC officials said 93 staffers at the hospital, including doctors, nurses and technicians, will be tested for likely exposure to Covid-19. Another civic official said the hospital has been asked not to take new patients till tests results of the staff are out.
The Bhatia Hospital released a statement on Thursday, “Three emergency patient admissions were registered and their swab samples sent to Kasturba Hospital. All three samples of patients tested positive for Covid-19.”
“On the suspicion during initial analysis, one of the patients among three was immediately admitted to ICU followed by the admission of remaining two post initial analysis. As a precautionary measure, the BMC officials have taken swab of around 70 staff at Bhatia Hospital. The tests results are awaited,” the statement read.
A 76-year-old female patient tested positive for novel coronavirus at Hinduja Hospital in Khar on Wednesday after which the BMC asked the hospital to restrict admission till staff of the hospital is tested.
A 70-year old patient, shifted to Seven Hills Hospital, and 14 of her relatives have been identified as high risk contact and so the hospital has been asked not to take new patients.
In Mulund’s Spandan Hospital, 65 doctors, nurses and other staff have been sent in quarantine as their test results are awaited.
A senior citizen from Ghatkopar, admitted to the hospital, was tested positive. She had also infected another patient 80-year-old woman from Badlapur. Both the women succumbed to the virus.
On Wednesday, another patient who was at the hospital but was later moved to another hospital in Mulund tested positive. Till now, one nurse has tested positive.
Hospital is likely to remain shut till quarantine period for staff is over and test results are out.
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