Five healthcare workers at Safdarjung Hospital test positive for Coronavirus

New Delhi: About five health workers have been tested positive at Safdarjung Hospital, sources inside the hospital said on Saturday. The number of cases among healthcare workers in Delhi has increased over a couple of days.

On Friday, three nurses were tested positive of Covid-19 at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), after which 40 healthcare workers, including doctors, have been quarantined.

In Safdarjung the rise in case is alarming for in the past one week five cases have been detected while more than 150 people have been quarantined after contact tracing. "Three from medicine and two from Gynecology have been tested positive," said a source at the hospital.

The HD unit of the Department of Obstetrics has been closed. Meanwhile, patients have shifted to another ward. Pregnant women and babies present in obstetric ward and labor room are on continuous monitoring.

Two doctors have already been tested positive at the hospital. The rise in number of cases among doctor has worried the medical experts. "Even though we are very careful, but the virus is so lethal a small ignorance can be harmful," said a doctor from a state run hospital.

According to data, more than 80 health workers all over Delhi have been found positive of the virus. The data highlights risks faced by front-line responders and concerns over adequate personal protection equipment (PPE) kits.

Meanwhile, a senior doctor at the hospital has said that all precautions are being taken to safeguard the healthcare workers.

Meanwhile, about 138 new Coronavirus cases were reported as in Delhi till Saturday morning, according to data released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. This brings the total reported cases of coronavirus in Delhi to 2,514. Among the total people infected as on date, 857 have recovered and 53 have passed away.

Meanwhile, eleven police officials from Delhi's Alipur police station have been sent to quarantine after its head constable tested positive for the novel Coronavirus.

The staff which include one assistant sub inspector, three head constables and seven constables, were sent to Radha Swami Ashram for quarantine. "Further necessary measures are being taken," police said.

Meanwhile, Delhi Police have formed six committees to visit the police stations and police colonies in each range to assess and bring improvements in preventive measures for COVID-19 for staff and families.

The committees, headed by senior level officers, will also inspect the status of preventive measures at all pickets, quarantine centres, containment zones and hospitals.

Earlier, an assistant sub-inspector of Delhi Police posted at the Jama Masjid police station has been tested positive for COVID-19. Five police personnel who came in contact with him have been advised to go on home quarantine for the next 14 days, a senior police official said. More than At least 21 police personnel have been tested positive for the virus so far.

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