Mumbai, April 20
The police have launched a hunt for 24 quarantined persons who ran away from Kasa sub district hospital at Dahanu in Palghar district in Maharashtra on Saturday night escalating tension since Palghar district has been declared as hot spot for COVID 19.
Palghar is about 110 kms away from Mumbai and Dahanu is the last station on the Western Railway’s suburban rail service.
The swabs of the above persons were sent for test on 16 April and the reports were awaited. But even before the reports were received, they escaped in the night. In all 187 persons, including 22 infants have been isolated in Palghar so far. Some of the doctors and nurses of the same hospital, who have tested positive, are already receiving treatment.
Besides above 24 persons, 9 construction workers and their 10 relatives, suspected to be infected, escaped from the quarantine centres few days ago. They are yet to be traced out. Till now 17 persons have tested positive with one death in Palghar district.
In the meanwhile the number of active COVID 19 cases has climbed up to 4200 with 223 deaths, while 507 patients have been recovered in Maharashtra. These figures include 2724 active cases in Mumbai with 132 deaths.