AGENCIES, Mumbai/New Delhi: At least 21 sailors of the Indian Navy in Mumbai have tested positive for coronavirus. The sailors have been quarantined at a naval hospital in the city. This is the first set of coronavirus cases being reported in the Navy. A massive operation to trace people who may have come in contact with the sailors is on.
The Navy has made it clear that no officer or sailor serving on board any warship or submarine has been infected.
All 21 sailors reside in the accommodation at INS Angre, a shore-based depot that provides logistical and administrative support to naval operations of the Western Naval Command. Most of the cases are asymptomatic — cases that do not show symptoms of the infection — and have been traced to a sailor who tested positive on April 7.
After the cases were detected, the entire block was immediately put under quarantine, the Navy said in a statement on Saturday morning.
The Navy is looking into the possibility of the men having moved around within the facilities for essential duties even though the city is otherwise under lockdown. The naval dockyard in Mumbai, which houses the bulk of the sword arm of the Western Naval Command including its warships and submarines, lies just a few hundred metres away from INS Angre.
The sailors, who have tested positive for COVID-19, are now in quarantine INHS Ashwini, a naval hospital in Mumbai.