The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has declared Wockhardt Hospital in Mumbai Central a containment zone after 26 nurses and three doctors tested positive for Covid-19 over a week’s period, Mumbai Mirror reported on Monday. A civic official said nobody will be allowed to enter or leave the hospital until every infected person there tests negative twice consecutively.
Additional Municipal Commissioner Suresh Kakani said a team has been set up under the executive health officer to investigate how the infection spread among so many people in a hospital. “It is unfortunate that such a big cluster of cases has come from a medical facility,” he said. “They should have taken precautions.”
The authorities have sent swabs of over 270 hospital staff and patients for tests. Agripada Police Station Senior Inspector Savalaram Angawane said an officer and two constables have been posted at the facility to restrict movement.
“Our Out Patient Department and emergency services are shut and there will be no admissions,” a spokesperson for the hospital said, but did not offer any explanation on how so many people were infected. A 70-year-old patient who had suffered a heart attack tested positive on March 27. Two nurses attending to the patient were found to be infected. Following this, many nurses fell…