Officials paying surprise visits to hospitals is very common. But for nurses at the BYL Nair Hospital in Mumbai, it was a different surprise on Monday (April 27). The mayor of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, Kishori Pednekar, visited the hospital donning a nurse’s uniform to convey to the nurses there that she was one among them.
More than an official duty, it was a back-to-work moment for Pednekar as she had been a nurse before joining Shiv Sena in 1992. Pednekar interacted with nursing staff at the BYL Nair and Sion hospitals regarding the COVID-19 challenges they face. She also ensured that she maintained social distancing with the staff.
Only on April 20, she went into self-quarantine for a week, after coming in contact with some journalists, who had tested positive for COVID-19. However, she tested negative for the disease. As many as 53 media persons had then been infected with the virus in Mumbai.
— Kishori Pednekar (@KishoriPednekar) April 27, 2020
After the visit to the hospitals, Pednekar said there had been a significant drop in the number of containment zones in Mumbai. As many as 231 zones are out of the list of containment zone after they had not reported a single COVID-19 positive case in the last 14 days, she said. Pednekar had served as a corporator in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation thrice before being elected as the Mayor in 2018.
As of 5 pm on April 27, Mumbai has witnessed 8,068 confirmed cases of COVID-19. While 1,188 persons have been recovered, 342 people have died of the disease.