Two hospitals sealed within a day
New Delhi: The number of Coronavirus cases has increased over a period of time. The country recorded 1,975 Coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours — its biggest single-day spike so far — taking the total to 26,917, including 826 deaths, the Union Health Ministry said on Sunday. Meanwhile, forty-seven deaths linked to the highly contagious illness were reported in the last 24 hours.
On the other hand, the number of positive cases has increased in the national Capital. A second hospital in Delhi has been sealed in 24 hours after 44 staff including doctors was found infected with Coronavirus, officials said. Babu Jagjivan Ram Memorial Hospital in north-west Delhi's Jahangirpuri will remain sealed until building has been completely sanitised, officials said.
Hindu Rao Hospital
Sanitisation work has started at Hindu Rao Hospital on Sunday a day after a nurse tested positive for Coronavirus. The hospital is closed at the moment while her contacts are being traced. "She was symptomatic for the last six days and still she was not given leave. She was asked to work in the hospital even after she gave her sample for Covid test," said a nurse at the hospital. The nurse was on duty in various locations within the campus over the last two weeks. The hospital that comes under North
Delhi has been shut till sanitisation operation is finished. Meanwhile, 52 healthcare workers of the hospital have been quarantined.
All India Institute of Medical Sciences
At one of the prestigious hospitals in Delhi, AIIMS, about 60 healthcare workers have been quarantined after hospital attendant tested positive at the hospital. According to sources, three nurses have also been tested positive at the hospital. Contract tracing is going on at the moment, while workers are being asked to go in quarantine. Meanwhile, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan's AIIMS office guard was tested positive on Sunday. After the reports his office was closed and office department quarantined.
Lady Hardinge Hospital
At Lady Hardinge's Kalawati Hospital one nurse has been tested positive for Coronavirus taking the toll of 16 healthcare workers being tested as of now. About five doctors, eight nurses and two lab technicians have been tested positive at the hospital.
Jagjivan Ram Hospital
The hospital has become a hotspot for the virus and has been sealed at the moment. The latest sealing comes less than 24 hours after a nurse at Hindu Rao Hospital who had been working at different sections of the building for the last two weeks tested positive for Coronavirus. As many as 58 employees, including doctors and nurses, of the Babu Jagjivan Ram Memorial Hospital, here, have tested Coronavirus positive. Of them, 70 per cent were asymptomatic. Till Saturday, 40 employees had tested positive. On Sunday, reports of 114 employees and their relatives came in. Of them, 20 were found COVID-19 positive. Reports of about 70 staffers are yet to come. Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain spoke about the new cases and said, "Jagjivan Ram Hospital is near Jahangirpuri, a lot of our staff comes from there and the area has reported multiple COVID-19 cases therefore, some of our staff have also tested positive." Meanwhile, six healthcare workers of Baba Saheb Ambedkar hospital test positive for Coronavirus in Delhi's Rohini area.
After more than 200 media personnel both from print and broadcast were tested over a period of two days, three cases have emerged as positive. One is a freelance lifestyle journalist and is said to have contracted the virus in one of the parties he attended, according to various source. Another is a cameraperson with a news wire agency at R.K Puram. Contract tracing has been started in the case, while more journalists have been asked to get
themselves tested. Government officials on Sunday said the recovery rate of coronavirus patients in the country has jumped to 22 per cent, an increase of 10 percentage points from the rate of 12 per cent recorded till 10 days ago, in a sign that India's battle against the virus is heading in the right direction.