Updated: April 18, 2020 2:32:06 pm
At least 21 Indian Navy personnel serving at the Western Naval Command in Mumbai have tested positive for coronavirus, officials said on Saturday. There are no cases of infection onboard ships and submarines, they added.
The Navy personnel were part of INS Angre, a logistics and support facility of the Western Naval Command, and include 20 sailors.
“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 in a statement.
Most of the victims are asymptomatic and were traced to one sailor who had contracted the virus on April 7. All of them reside in the same accommodation block at INS Angre, officials said.
The entire block has been placed under quarantine as well as lockdown. Officials said the Navy personnel are also undergoing treatment at a naval hospital in the city.
All actions as per established Covid-19 protocol are being taken, officials added.
“The coronavirus pandemic is unprecedented and it has never been seen before. Its impact has been extraordinary across the globe, including India,” he said. The danger posed by this disease is real, imminent and unprecedented, he noted.
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