Coronavirus: Fourteen Italians moved to Medanta de Gurgaons Hospital

NEW DELHI: The fourteen Italians, who tested positive, were transferred to the Medanta Hospital in Gurgaon from an ITBP quarantine center.

The hospital issued a statement Thursday morning, saying that these patients are housed in a completely separate apartment, which has been quarantined and has no contact with the rest of the hospital.

There is a dedicated medical team that uses protective equipment to care for these patients. All items used on the floor are isolated from that floor.

The isolated floor will completely contain the disease even with these asymptomatic people. All other hospital operations are functioning normally, and there is no greater risk for patients, visitors or staff, according to the statement.

Twenty-one Italian tourists and their three Indian tour operators were transferred from an ITBP quarantine center here Wednesday, as they were exposed to the new coronavirus.

An affected Italian couple is being treated at Jaipur's SMS medical school.

Authorities said Tuesday that foreigners were sent to a private hospital in Gurgaon and to a center in the national capital, while the Indians were transferred to Safdarjung Hospital.

Fourteen Italians and an Indian (driver), who were in the same group as the affected Italian couple, tested positive for the virus according to information provided by the Ministry of Health.

Italian tourists and three Indians were admitted Tuesday at the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) force center in Chhawla.

The Center already has 112 people, 76 Indians and 36 foreigners, since February 27 after they were evacuated by an Indian Air Force (IAF) plane from the Wuhan of China, the epicenter of the deadly coronavirus.

The first samples of these 112 people were negative when the reports arrived last week.