New Delhi: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Monday declared the Wockhardt Hospital in Mumbai a containment zone after 26 nurses and three doctors tested positive for COVID-19 in a week. Speaking to a leading portal, a BMC official informed that the administration has prohibited the entry to and exit from the hospital until all the patients test negative twice consecutively. Also Read - Air India International Flights: More Seats to More Destinations in US, UK on Cards. Details Here

While the OPD and emergency services will be shut, the hospital’s canteen remains open so that food could be provided to the staff and patients. Notably, the Wockhardt Hospital has recorded 30 cases, which is more than many city wards. Also Read - Producer Anil Suri Dies of COVID-19, Brother Rajiv Reveals Leading Mumbai Hospitals Denied Him Bed

Suresh Kakani, the Additional Municipal Commissioner asserted that the medical staff should have taken precautions. Furthermore, he informed that a team led by the executive health officer has been constituted to know how COVID-19 spread among so many in a hospital setting. Also Read - GAL vs GYT Dream11 Team Prediction, Turkmenistan Basketball League: Captain And Vice-Captain, Fantasy Basketball Tips Galkan vs Gyrat on June 6 at 3:30 PM IST Thursday

A 70-year-old heart attack patient, who was tested positive for coronavirus on March 27 has been traced as the source of the viral infection. Later, two nurses who had attended to the septuagenarian, too, tested positive, after which several nurses got infected.

The hospital staff have blamed themanagement for the rapid spread of virus stating that they failed to quarantine the colleagues and roommates of the infected nurses. The United Nurses’ Association (UNA) alleged that they were not tested or removed from shifts till they showed COVID-19 symptoms. The hospital has however refuted the allegations.

Demanding a series of measures, the UNA and Jan Swasthya Abhiyan, in a combined letter said,”The hospital has not given nurses access to their own test reports. Many who were in quarantine in hostel or other wards have been moved to the Covid ward. Some who were caring for the quarantined nurses have been admitted to the Covidward.”