The Wockhardt Hospital in Mumbai, listed a COVID-19 hotspot by the government, was shut by the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and declared a containment zone on Monday after three doctors and 26 nurses from the hospital tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
The infections reportedly happened after two Covid-19 patients and two suspected cases were shifted here from the Kasturba Hospital a fortnight ago.
While the two patients were kept in the isolation ward, the two suspect cases were kept with other patients in the ICU from where the infection may have spread.
Last week, two nurses serving in the ICU tested positive, and then the infections spread quickly, affecting nearly 29 including the doctors.
The BMC has taken the swabs of another 270 staffers and patients at the hospital for testing, and pending the outcome, the hospital has been declared a containment zone.
Since such a large number of cases have come from a single location, the BMC has ordered a probe to ascertain if Covid-19 protocols were adhered to or not while dealing with the two patients and two suspects admitted there last month.
The number of coronavirus cases in Maharashtra rose to 781, most among Indian states, with 33 people more people testing positive for the disease.
There are 3,666 active cases across in India so far, while 292 people have been cured or discharged or have migrated. Till date, 117 deaths have been reported in the country.
(With inputs from IANS)