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21 Indian Navy Personnel Test Positive Of COVID-19

No fewer than 21 Indian Navy (IN) personnel at “INS Angre”, a shore establishment at Mumbai city in the southwestern state of Maharashtra, have tested positive for novel coronavirus, a senior IN official in New Delhi confirmed to Xinhua on Saturday.

“INS Angre” works as a base depot for ships and units based in Mumbai.

“A total of 21 serving personnel have been tested positive for COVID-19 within naval premises at Mumbai.

“This number includes 20 sailors of INS Angre, a shore establishment at Mumbai,’’ said the IN official.

A statement issued by the IN said most of the personnel were “asymptomatic” and had been traced to a single sailor, who had tested positive on April 7.

“They all reside in the same accommodation block at INS Angre.

“All primary contacts were tested for COVID-19.

“Entire living block was immediately put under quarantine – containment zone and INS Angre too is under lockdown.

“All actions as per established COVID-19 protocol are being taken,’’ said the IN statement, available with Xinhua.

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It further stated that “there are no cases of infection onboard ships and submarines.

“Indian Navy continues to actively support the national effort in the fight against COVID-19’’.

According to latest figures issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Saturday, the death toll due to COVID-19 in India rose to 480 and the total number of confirmed cases in the country reached 14,378.

The maximum number of deaths and positive COVID-19 cases, 480 and 3,323 respectively, have been reported from the state of Maharashtra.

(NAN)

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