Indian Navy confirmed on Saturday that at least 21 of its personnel tested coronavirus positive at the Western Naval Command in Mumbai
It is the first such case where a large number of military personnel got infected with the coronavirus. The Indian Army has confirmed eight cases of the COVID-19 so far.
“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,” the Navy said.
All the infected personnel are being treated at a naval hospital in Mumbai, the statement added.
The Indian Navy also said that a majority of cases are asymptomatic and traced to a single sailor who 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 in-living block was immediately put under quarantine,” the Navy said, adding the shore establishment too has been placed under total lockdown.
It said that no cases of infection onboard ships and submarines have been reported.
Navies across the world have reported coronavirus cases. Recently, at least 500 COVID-19 cases were confirmed from the USS Theodore Roosevelt, an aircraft carrier. The French Navy has also been hit by the coronavirus pandemic.
Courtesy – WioNews