Over 50 doctors, medical staff test positive for Covid-19; govt probing if they got infected from patients

Over 50 doctors, medical staff test positive for Covid-19; govt probing if they got infected from patients

Over 50 doctors and medical staff have tested positive for Covid-19 till now, sources in the health ministry have said.

This is a trend the government is keeping a close watch on in order to understand whether those infected are from patients being treated or had a contact history from outside their work space.

"Approximately there are more than 50 cases of medical staff that have tested positive. But not all got it from patients they were treating. In some cases it has been noticed that they came in contact with persons who had a travel history abroad," an official said.

Officials say contact tracing of such cases is being carried out to accurately assess the reason for them getting infected.

In the wake shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) at hospitals, doctors and medical staff can be most vulnerable while treating novel coronavirus patients.

In Italy, a high percentage of medical staff who came in touch with patients in hospitals were infected with the deadly virus, with many deaths also reported among the medical fraternity.

As numbers in India continue to rise, medical staff are part of the high risk group.

One doctor from the Indian Army and another one from the Central Reserve Police Force have also tested positive for Covid-19.

A doctor in Delhi's All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) also tested positive. The senior resident doctor from the Physiology Department, who tested positive for Covid-19, had no travel history.