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Wednesday 19 February 2020

Coronavirus-infected patients suspected in Mumbai

The BMC has created a separate ward to quarantine suspected patients infected by the novel coronavirus at Kasturba Hospital in Chinchpokali

There have been two suspected cases of coronavirus in Mumbai. Both the suspects have been admitted to Kasturba Hospital. Doctors are examining the patients.

Meanwhile, 26 people have died in China due to coronavirus, while 830 people are infected. Nine cities including Wuhan have been closed. More than 700 Indian students study in Wuhan.

In anticipation of the arrival of the coronavirus any day from China, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has created a separate ward to quarantine suspected patients at its Kasturba hospital in Chinchpokali. Dr Padmaja Keskar, executive health officer of the BMC, said, “We have created the isolation ward for diagnosis and treatment of persons suspected to have the coronavirus infection.”

The officer said civic health authorities had placed two persons who returned from China under observation after they reported suffering from mild cough and other cold-related symptoms. The authority is not disclosing further details about the patients as of now.

The officer said the corporation has asked doctors at the Mumbai International Airport to send people returning from China to the isolation ward if they showed symptoms of the coronavirus. “All private doctors in the city have been asked to alert us (the BMC) if they observe symptoms of the coronavirus in anyone who has returned from China,” she said.

According to sources in Kasturba Hospital, the Maharashtra government has communicated to them methods of dealing with the disease. The government has instructed them to strictly follow the rules.

While the coronavirus affliction shows symptoms like cold, such as respiratory blockage, cough and phlegm, fever, shortness of breath, breathing difficulty, etc, the virus in China that has killed people is a new strain. The symptoms can aggravate to the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) or severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).

There is no reason to panic, though. Being aware of the disease and spreading that awareness in society is a precautionary weapon. To know more about the novel coronavirus, the disease it causes and its treatment, follow the World Health Organisation (WHO) webpages dedicated to the subject.

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