Lucknow: Private hospital closed, KGMU staff quarantined after patient testing positive for coronavirus

LUCKNOW: A private hospital and diagnostic center were closed and 65 government-run Lucknow staff members were quarantined after a patient who came in contact tested positive, authorities said.

According to authorities, a 65-year-old man with diabetes visited Luwell's Medwell Hospital for treatment of fever and cough more than a week ago.

They told him to have an x-ray, for which he approached the Charak Diagnostic Center.

As the man's condition deteriorated and he complained, he was taken to King George of Lucknow's trauma center on Saturday.

Because his condition was serious, he was transferred to the emergency room, KGMU sources said, adding that from there the man was taken to the department after primary treatment.

Later, he tested positive for the infection and sent him to the isolation room, sources said.

As a precautionary measure, 65 employees of the trauma center he had come into contact with were quarantined, they said.

Currently, the patient is on a respirator. Of the 65 employees, 52 are nurses, paramedics and others, the sources added.

When asked, the Chief Secretary (Health) said: Testing of all staff is underway. As of morning, 15 of them were negative for Covid-19. As a precaution, they will remain in quarantine.

The medical director, Dr, wrote Monday to the private hospital and diagnostic center, asking them to shut down all operations and provide a complete list of their staff caring for the patient so they could be tested.

Make sure all center staff remain in quarantine for 14 days, the letter said.