2 quarantined in Mumbai over coronavirus fears

Mumbai: Two Indians who travelled to Mumbai from China have been kept in an isolation ward at Kasturba Hospital, and their blood samples have been collected to check for the new strain of coronavirus.

At least 1,739 passengers flying in from China have been screened at Mumbai airport. At least six of these passengers (three from Mumbai and three from Pune) were arriving from coronavirus-affected regions in China. Of them, two, a resident of Nallasopara and another from Kalyan, showed mild cough and cold symptoms.

The female traveller landed in the city on January 22 after stayed in China for a week in Foshan city. The other passenger, a male Kalyan resident, also landed on the same day after visiting Guangzhou. Both were shifted to Kasturba hospital as a precautionary measure and quarantined.

Their blood samples were collected and sent to the National Institute of Virology, Pune, for enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay test. State health officials will keep them under observation for 28 days.

They are stable, only cough persists. Once the cough subsides we will discharge them and continue to monitor their health. We can’t keep them for 28 days in the hospital, said Dr. Padmaja Keskar, executive health officer, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation.