New Delhi: Indian Navy officials reported on Saturday that at least 26 Indian Navy personnel had tested positive for the new coronavirus at a naval base in Mumbai.
The Indian Navy said in a statement that all personnel were quarantined at a naval hospital in Mumbai and a search operation was conducted to track people in contact with infected sailors.
“26 serving personnel tested positive for COVID-19 within naval premises at Mumbai. This number includes 20 sailors of INS Angre, a shore establishment at Mumbai. Most of these are asymptomatic and have been traced to a single sailor who was tested positive on 7th April,” the Indian Navy said in a statement.
“All primary contacts (though asymptomatic) were tested for COVID19. The entire inliving block was immediately put under quarantine, containment zone and INS Angre under lockdown. Action being taken as per established protocol. No cases of infection onboard ships and submarines,” it added.
INS Angre controls and supervises the functions of various units and facilities. It is also known as “Naval Barracks” and is currently located in Mumbai.
This is the first report of a terrible infection by the Indian Navy. It has affected more than 13,800 people and has claimed the lives of more than 450 people in the country.
Last week, Admiral Kalambil Singh told his staff in a video that important combat assets, such as ships and submarines, must remain virus-free.
“The coronavirus pandemic is unprecedented and it has never been seen before. Its impact has been extraordinary across the globe, including India,” he said.
He pointed out that the danger posed by this disease is real, imminent and unprecedented.
Earlier, the Indian military reported 8 fatal coronavirus positive cases. Indian Army Commander-in-Chief MM Naravane said in details that of the eight, two were doctors, a nursing assistant, and four responded well to treatment. “The people we have not contacted with any infected people will be repatriated. We have catered for two special trains-from Bangalore to Cha Jam, and the other from Bangalore to Guwahati.”
New coronaviruses have proliferated at an alarming rate in the country. Maharashtra is the most affected state in the country, with 3,205 confirmed cases and 194 deaths.
Against the backdrop of a surge in coronavirus cases, the government stated that the dreaded infection doubled in 6.2 days, three days before confinement.