Bengaluru NIMHANS shifts emergency care to new building as patient tests positive for COVID-19

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The entire building, where the emergency unit is situated, is being sanitised. Services in the unit is expected to be resumed only on Tuesday.

The National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-Sciences (NIMHANS) in Bengaluru has shifted its emergency care unit to adjacent buildings within the premises, after a patient who was admitted there tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the News Minute reported.

The entire building, where the emergency unit is situated, is being sanitised. Services in the unit is expected to be resumed only on Tuesday.

The News Minute quoted NIMHANS director Dr BN Gangadhar as saying that a 34-year-old person with mental illness requiring emergency care was brought to the hospital on Friday and she tested positive for the virus on Saturday.

The patient was brought to the facility by police after she was found wandering in Gurappanapalya (BTM Layout) on Friday. Sources further said that she was tested as she came from a high-risk area and her test returned positive on Saturday night.

The woman has been sent to Victoria Hospital following standard protocol while the other patients and staff who were on duty during the period have been sent to quarantine. The woman’s mother, who was also traced, has been sent to Bowring Hospital for testing.

The Covid-19 situation turned grave in Karnataka with the state crossing the 5000-mark following 378 people testing positive on Saturday. Udupi accounted for 121 of the fresh cases. It was followed by Kalaburgi with 69 cases, according to Bangalore Mirror.

Out of the 378 news, 338 cases are those who have returned from other states, especially Maharashtra. The state also reported two deaths on Saturday.

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