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Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Thursday, April 9, increased the number of containment zones in the city to 381, to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Till March 31, the BMC had identified only 146 such zones.
These containment zones include various buildings, housing societies, slum pockets and hospitals including Wockhardt Hospital, Jaslok Hospital, and Bhatia Hospital. Various containment zones include Worli's Koliwada, a fisherfolk village, and some pockets of Dharavi.
To prevent further spread of the virus, BMC has banned all unlicensed vegetable and fruit markets, hawkers and sellers at the containment areas in Dharavi, BMC officials said.
On Wednesday, Bhatia Hospital in South Mumbai was declared a containment zone by the BMC after a patient tested positive. At least 45 staffers who worked on the same floor where the patient was admitted has now been quarantined.
As of Friday, April 10, 21 staff members, out of 1005 has tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Jaslok Hospital. As a measure to contain the spread of the virus, the hospital has suspended its OPD services. However, it will be admitting any emergency cases.According to The Indian Express, 56 staffers of Wockhardt Hospital have now tested positive for the virus, the highest for any hospital in the state. The hospital was declared a containment zone, with several restrictions in place, on March 28 after two nurses tested positive.
"We have declared Wockhardt Hospital as a containment zone and have removed 30 doctors and nurses from there. We have shifted these covid-19 suspected cases to the Seven Hills Hospital in Mumbai, where further tests will be carried out," Vijay Khabale-Patil, chief public relations officer at BMC, was quoted by Live Mint.
According to reports, a 70-year-old heart patient was the first COVID-19 patient admitted at Wockhardt hospital. Two of the nurses had then contracted the virus from the patient.
"It is the fault of the hospital administration that they didn't take precautionary measures, due to which nearly 300 staffers have been quarantined. We have also set up a team to probe how the virus spread among so many people in a hospital setting," Suresh Kakani, additional municipal commissioner (health), BMC told Hindustan Times.
The nurses of Wockhardt Hospital, who tested positive had alleged that the infection spread to other staffers due to the negligence of the hospital.
"We have contracted the infection after we were exposed to suspected coronavirus patients who were undergoing treatment in a general ward at the hospital," a nurse who tested positive told the media.
The nursing association has also filed a complaint with the BMC commissioner against the hospital.
Maharashtra on Thursday, April 9, reported twenty-five more deaths from the novel coronavirus, in the sharpest spike since the beginning of the pandemic, taking the total toll in the state to 97. After 229 more positive cases were reported, the total number of cases in the state rose to 1,364; highest in the country.
*The story has been updated to reflect the latest figures.Also Read: Doctors In Hyderabad Hospital Attacked By Family Of Man Who Died Due To Coronavirus
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