New Delhi: As many as 11 jawans of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) posted at Mumbai International Airport on Friday tested positive for the deadly coronavirus taking the total positive count in Mumbai to 235. Also Read - Coronavirus in Telangana Crosses 39,000-mark With 1,597 New Cases, 11 Fresh Deaths
In an official statement, the CISF said, “A total of 11 CISF jawans posted at the Mumbai airport tested COVID-19 positive. In all, 142 were under quarantine since last a few days. Out of which four were tested positive yesterday and others were tested positive today.” Also Read - Global COVID-19 Cases Top 13.2 Million : Johns Hopkins
“The result of the first test of one jawan had come positive but in the second test, it had come negative. Now, his sample has been sent for test for the third time and report is awaited. He is in the isolation ward,” the CISF added. Also Read - Bengaluru Lockdown News: Karnataka Issues Guidelines For E-commerce, Food Delivery Services | Check Details
The security personnel who test for the infection subsequently will be shifted to isolation wards in Kasturba Hospital in Mumbai for treatment, along with the four jawans who tested positive today. They will be kept there for 14 days at least.
The rapid spread of the coronavirus outbreak has put the lives of health workers and security forces at immense risk as they give in their hours to try and contain the disease.
Yesterday, two resident doctors of AIIMS, one of whom was nine-month-pregnant, tested positive for the highly-contagious infection.
Maharashtra has reported more than 423 cases of coronavirus as of Friday evening. Meanwhile, India witnessed the highest surge of positive cases today as the count rose to 2,301 including 156 cured or discharged and 56 deaths, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.