On Wednesday, a Delhi government-run hospital was forced to shut down its out-patient department building, laboratories, and offices after a doctor was found to test positive for the deadly COVID-19. As per reports, all direct contacts of the doctor are also being quarantined.
It is being speculated that the doctor may have picked up the virus from his family members who had recently come back from the United Kingdom.
This is not the first case of a medical professional contracting the novel virus in India. Earlier this week, a doctor couple from two Delhi Mohalla Clinics in the northeast region tested positive for coronavirus.
The 49-year-old doctor who worked in a mohalla clinic in Maujpur was infected by a patient who returned from Saudi Arabia. His wife, 48-year-old, who worked in a neighbouring clinic in Baburpur has also tested positive along with their 17-year-old daughter.
Authorities, after the diagnosis, immediately took up the mammoth task of tracking people who came in contact with the three. At least 3800 people are being tracked by the programme’s officials.
All contacts have been quarantined at home and if they develop symptoms, they will be taken to a hospital.
The total number of COVID-19 cases in India surged to 1663 on Wednesday. The virus has killed at least 50 people and 150 people have been recovered.
The virus, which first originated in the Chinse city of Wuhan, has infected over 8,00,000 people and killed more than 40,000 worldwide.
Last week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a 21-day nationwide lockdown in the country in a bid to flatten the curve of the coronavirus pandemic. His words resonated when he said-- " Jaan hai toh Jahan hai."