A total of 21 Indian Navy personnel have been tested positive for Covid-19 within naval premises at Mumbai. Among these are 20 sailors aboard INS Angre, a report said.
Many aboard INS Angre, which is docked in Mumbai, have tested positive for the coronavirus. The number of infected Navy personnel could go up as many test results are awaited.
This is the first time the Indian Navy is fearing coronavirus cases in its fleet.
Most of the cases are asymptomatic and have been traced to a single sailor who was tested positive on April 7.
The group of Navy personnel who have tested positive reside in the same accommodation block at INS Angre. All of their primary contacts have been tested for Covid-19.
The entire inliving block was immediately put under quarantine – containment zone and INS Angre too is under lockdown. The Indian Navy has said all actions as per established Covid-19 protocol are being taken.
There are no cases of infection onboard ships and submarines.
INS Angre or Naval Barracks as it’s called is the shore-based logistics and administrative support establishment of the Western Naval Command. It works as a base depot for ships and units based in Mumbai.