Doctor from Bengaluru tests positive for Covid-19; hospital to be shut

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A 32-year-old doctor, who tested a Covid-19 patient, has tested positive for the virus on Saturday, according to a Times of India report.

The doctor was working with Shifa hospital, on Queens Road in Bengaluru. Ten staff members of the hospital who were his primary contacts have been quarantined. The hospital is likely to be closed for the next 15 days.

The Bengaluru doctor is one of the seven fresh cases of Covid-19 reported on Saturday. With this the total number of cases in Karnataka has gone up to 214. The doctor is being treated at the Covid-19 isolation ward in Trauma Care centre in Victoria hospital premises.

Dr BK Vijendra, chief health officer, BBMP said that the officials have started search for people who have come in contact with the doctor. The doctor's contacts include many patients, the doctor may have treated so far, he added.

This is the second case of a doctor getting infected with Covid-19 after treating a suspected case. Earlier, a 63-year-old doctor from Kalaburagi had tested positive on March 17. He had treated India’s first Covdi-19 fatality, a 76-year-old man who died, and later tested positive. The doctor’s wife also had tested positive in Kalaburagi.

Besides, there are five cases from Mysuru who have tested positive and they are all primary contacts of Covid-19 positive employees of the Nanjangudu pharmaceutical company.

That apart, a 50-year-old-woman from Bidar has tested positive. She was a primary contact of her Covid-19 positive brother-in-law (73), who had participated in Tablighi Jamaat congregation in New Delhi in March (with inputs from Times of India).

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