14 Italians who tested positive for coronavirus shifted to Gurgaon hospital

The first samples of these 112 people had tested negative when reports came in last week

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The hospital issued a statement on Thursday morning, saying these patients are housed on a completely separate floor, which has been quarantined and has no contact with the rest of the hospital. Photo: PTI

The group of fourteen Italian tourists who were quarantined after testing positive for coronavirus in Jaipur on Wednesday (March 4), were shifted to the Medanta Hospital in Gurgaon on Thursday.

The hospital issued a statement stating that these patients have been housed in a completely separate floor, which has been quarantined and has no contact with the rest of the hospital.

A dedicated medical team wearing protective gear is the one attending to them using items meant only for that floor.

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The isolated floor will completely contain the disease even with these asymptomatic persons. All other hospital operations are operating as normal, and there is no increased risk to patients, visitors or staff, the statement said.

Meanwhile, following the confirmation of coronavirus cases in his state, Rajasthan Health Minister Raghu Sharma said, at least 215 people who had come in contact with the group from six districts of the state were traced.

He added that out of the 93 samples collected, 51 tested negative and that the remaining test reports were awaited.

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Those who came in contact with them include 59 in Jhunjhunu, 44 in Bikaner, 14 in Jaisalmer, 14 in Jodhpur, and 6 in Udaipur. In Jaipur, six persons, at the hotel where the tourists were staying, are reported to have come in contact with them.

Already 112 people, 76 Indians and 36 foreigners, remain quarantined since February 27 in the aftermath of their evacuation by an Indian Air Force (IAF) plane from China’s Wuhan, the epicentre of the deadly coronavirus.

The first samples of these 112 people tested negative when reports came in last week.

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Meanwhile, on the global front, the death toll of coronavirus in China crossed 3,000 with 31 new fatalities and the total number of confirmed cases jumped to over 80,400.

Italy, which is coming up as another major hub of coronavirus has stepped up the vigil as 107 people were killed and more than 3,000 infected in the past two weeks.

(With inputs from agencies.)

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