Delhi Government Hospital Shut As Doctor Tests Positive For Coronavirus

Delhi Government Hospital Shut As Doctor Tests Positive For Coronavirus

A Delhi government-run hospital was shut down today after a doctor tested positive for coronavirus. The doctor worked at the Delhi State Cancer Institute. The hospital building's OPD, offices and labs have been shut and are being sanitized, say officials. Those who came in contact with the doctor are also being quarantined.

The doctor may have contracted COVID-19 from relatives who had returned from UK, said the hospital.

"It is suspected that the doctor caught the infection from her brother and sister-in-law who had just returned from the UK. She had visited their house recently," said Delhi Health Minister Satyender Jain.

Delhi has 120 coronavirus cases, including two deaths. Twenty-four cases reported on Tuesday were from the Markaz Nizamuddin, the Delhi headquarters of the Tabligh Jamaat, where a religious gathering was held in March in defiance of coronavirus warnings.

A doctor couple who worked in Delhi government-run Mohalla clinics had earlier tested positive for coronavirus. They are believed to have been infected by a patient who had returned from Saudi Arabia.

Across India, the number of coronavirus cases has climbed to 1,397 after 146 new cases were reported in the past 24 hours. According to the health ministry, 35 people have died.