As many as 68 members of the staff at Delhi’s Bhagwan Mahavir Hospital (BMH), including doctors and nurses, have been quarantined as a precautionary measure. This decision was taken after it was discovered that a pregnant woman who was at the hospital, failed to disclose her ‘home-quarantine’ status to the hospital authorities.
The woman died at the state-run Bhagwan Mahavir Hospital on Wednesday night. Officials say that her samples have been sent for testing and the results are expected on April 17. If the samples come back negative, the hospital staff will be allowed to resume duty.
It was only on Wednesday that family members of the woman disclosed that she was among four people from the household who were asked to quarantine themselves from April 10 till April 24. A sticker was also put outside their home in this regard by the district administration.
Earlier this month, the Delhi State Cancer Institute (DSCI) was sealed after 18 of its healthcare workers, including two doctors, tested positive for Covid-19. A state-run hospital with 180 beds, DSCI is situated in Delhi’s Shahdara area. As a result of the development, as many as 50 other staff members were advised by the hospital management to self-quarantine.
Delhi has over 1,500 confirmed cases of infection to date. This figure includes 42 recoveries and 32 deaths. The Delhi government has identified 55 hotspots where the transmission of Covid-19 has been reported in large numbers. These areas have been sealed and residents have been instructed to opt for doorstep delivery of essential items instead of stepping out of their homes.