56 of 60 people quarantined in Maharashtra test negative for coronavirus

56 of 60 people quarantined in Maharashtra test negative for coronavirus
The test results of the remaining four persons quarantined in the state for suspected exposure to the novel coronavirus are expected in the next two days (Representational Image, Courtesy: lapatilla.com)

56 of the 60 people who have been quarantined in Maharashtra as of Sunday for suspected exposure to the novel coronavirus have tested negative.

From the ones who tested negative, 50 have been discharged from hospitals. The test results of the remaining four, meanwhile, are awaited in two days.

“Of the 60 people who were kept in isolation wards, 56 have tested negative and 50 of them have been discharged. The test results of the other four are yet to arrive and are expected in the next two days,” an official said.

All samples were tested at Pune’s National Institute of Virology.

According to a state government release, 36,028 people have undergone screening at the Mumbai International Airport since January 18.

So far, 216 people have returned to Maharashtra from the Covid-19 affected areas in China, of which 137 have completed their 14-day follow up period.

Those arriving from China and other areas affected by the virus are being kept under observation for a period of 14 days, the release said.

Maharashtra, where no positive case for the virus has been reported so far, has set up 39 isolation compartments comprising 361 beds.

As of Saturday, the epidemic has claimed 1,665 lives in China and infected roughly 68,500 people.

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