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Mumbai healthcare staff start testing positive again

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MUMBAI: Healthcare workers across hospitals have started to test positive for coronavirus as cases rise in the city. Maharashtra’s public health department, meanwhile, is planning to revisit the quarantine and isolation norms for health staffers given that most are fully vaccinated and tend to have mild symptoms.

Parel’s KEM Hospital reported 18 positive cases of Covid-19 among health staffers, including interns, MBBS students and resident doctors this week. It started with two cases on Sunday, that rose to seven on Monday and nine on Tuesday. All the infected are fully vaccinated and have mild to no symptoms. “We are seeing this steady rise in infections among healthcare workers after several months,” dean Hemant Deshmukh said.

At Bombay Hospital, seven doctors have tested positive this week. All are asymptomatic, Dr Gautam Bhansali said, adding that they haven’t seen infections in staffers for nearly three to four months. Similarly, three doctors tested positive for Covid at Powai’s LH Hiranandani Hospital on Wednesday. Sujit Chatterjee, CEO of the hospital said that all cases are breakthrough infections.

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