21 Indian Navy personnel test positive for COVID-19 in Mumbai


A total of 21 serving personnel of the Indian Navy have been tested positive for Covid-19 within naval premises at Mumbai.


All the sailors are from INS Angre which is shore-based logistical and administrative support depot for operations of the Western Naval Command.

According to reports they have been quarantined at a naval hospital in Mumbai. 

"This number includes 20 sailors of Indian Naval Ship Angre, a shore establishment at Mumbai," a Defence Ministry source said.

Most of the cases are asymptomatic and it has been traced to a single sailor who had tested positive on April 7. 

According to reports by IANS the sailors all reside in the same accommodation block at INS Angre. 

According to the official report, entire living block was immediately put under quarantine. It has been made containment zone and Indian Naval Ship Angre too is under lockdown. 

The official also said that all actions as per established COVID protocol are being taken. 

The officials in the ministry also highlighted that there are no cases of infection onboard ships and submarines.

The number of infected Navy personnel could go up as many test results are awaited.

According to a report by news agency ANI, the Indian army had also confirmed eight cases of infection. 

“So far, we have only 8 positive cases in the entire Indian Army, of which 2 are doctors and 1 nursing assistant, 4 are responding well to treatment and we had one case in Ladakh, now he is fully cured and has joined duty." General Manoj Mukund Naravane said.

According to the data provided by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Saturday, the total number of coronavirus patients in the country has surged to 14,378.

Meanwhile, with 43 new deaths reported in the last 24 hours, the number of deaths in the country due to COVID-19 has risen to 480.

The total number of active cases in the country is 11,906. Meanwhile, 1992 persons have been cured/discharged/migrated.

With inputs from Agency

Image credit: ANI

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