On Friday, another 19 health workers tested positive from hospitals, taking the count of affected medical staff to nearly 100 in Mumbai-likely to be the highest in India. Alarmed by the spread of infection among frontline workers, private hospitals have been asked to urgently provide safety kits, additional remuneration and transport. Coronavirus pandemic: Live updates At Bhatia Hospital , under containment since Wednesday, 14 staffers, including 10 nurses, two doctors and a physiotherapist, tested positive, leading to it being sealed. With major hospitals like Jaslok, Wockhardt and Bhatia shutting operations and Breach Candy running a bare minimum of services, at least 800-900 beds are currently out of circulation in south Mumbai alone. Among the 100 infected healthcare workers, over 60 are nurses, 10 are doctors while the remaining are technicians working in cardiac or pathology labs, and cleaners. The 250-bed Saifee Hospital, which was among the first to face the Covid-19 scare and closure of OTs and diagnostic units, now will only be admitting coronavirus patients. In addition, a dozen other mid-level and small nursing homes across the city have shut operations after patients accidentally tested positive and their staffers had to be quarantined. In Kerala, where the country’s first Covid-19 cases showed up, one doctor with a travel history to Spain, two nurses in Kottayam and one in Ernakulam have tested positive. Incidentally, a 59-year-old Mahim resident who was undergoing dialysis at Sushrusha hospital every alternate day also tested positive on Friday. (Inputs by Sujit Mahamulkar) Download Subscribe Start Your Daily Mornings with Times of India Newspaper!
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