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19 doctors and 38 nurses among 480 AIIMS workers tested COVID positive

AIIMS workers test COVID positive

It looks like the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi is on its way to become new hotspot for COVID-19. As many as 480 workers have tested positive for coronavirus at the prestigious institute. The total cases include 19 doctors and 38 nurses.

As per a NDTV report, out of 19 infected doctors, two are faculty members and the rest are residents. In addition, the total list of infected include 74 security staff, 75 hospital attendants, 54 sanitation staff and 14 laboratory technicians and OT staff.

In March, when Corona infection started spreading in unprecedented manner, the institute was closed for the first time in the history. To tackle COVID-19 cases, the hospital’s Trauma Centre has been converted into a dedicated COVID-19 facility.

The hospital’s nurses’ union have been holding protests over the working conditions and threatened to go for strike if they concerns were not addressed. They have been demanding uniform four-hour shift with personal protective equipment in Covid-19 areas of the Centre-run hospital, a uniform rotation policy between Covid and non-Covid areas, and establishment of proper donning and doffing areas.

Meanwhile, the total number of cases in the national capital continues to rise. Delhi is the third worst-hit state in India after Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu in terms of having the maximum number of coronavirus cases in the country. The Union Territory currently has over 23,645 confirmed cases including 13,497 active cases, 9,542 recovered and 606 deaths.

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