Sunday, April 18

Delhi govt hospital doctor contacts Covid-19, building shut


A doctor at a Delhi government-run hospital has tested positive for the coronavirus disease prompting officials to close down its out-patient department building, laboratories and offices, reports said on Wednesday.

All contacts of the doctor are also being quarantined, according to reports.

They said the doctor may have contracted Covid-19 from his family members who had recently come back from the United Kingdom.

A day before, a doctor couple from two Delhi Mohalla Clinics in the northeast region tested positive for the coronavirus disease.

The 49-year-old doctor, who worked in a mohalla clinic in Maujpur, was diagnosed on March 21 after being infected from a patient who returned from Saudi Arabia.

His 48-year-old wife, who also worked in a neighbouring clinic in Baburpur, and 17-year-old daughter tested positive for the disease on March 25.

The city’s Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme is tracking all the people who came into contact with the doctor couple, as well as the 38-year old index patient.

Ten people have been infected from the 38-year-old Dilshad Garden resident, who returned from Saudi Arabia, so far.


At least 3800 people who came in contact with the index patient, the doctor, or his wife, including patients from the two mohalla clinics, are being tracked by the programme’s officials.

Around 1200 people who came in contact with the index patient are also being tracked. All of them have all been quarantined at home and if they develop symptoms, they will be taken to a hospital.

There are 121 Covid-19 patients in the Capital and the number of coronavirus cases in India climbed to 1663 on Wednesday. At least 50 people have died and 150 have been cured or discharged after treatment till date, according to Centre’s data.