Coronavirus outbreak: Ill BEST employee succumbs to COVID-19

Updated: Apr 16, 2020, 15:53 IST | Rajendra B Aklekar | Mumbai

BEST sources said the employee of Electric Supply Branch had been detected positive for COVID-19 on April 2

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This image has been used for representational purposes

The Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply & Transport (BEST) on Wednesday confirmed that one of its employees had passes away due to coronavirus. BEST officials said the employee was a resident of Tilak Nagar and was admitted at a hospital.

BEST sources said the employee of Electric Supply Branch had been admitted in a private hospital since March 16 as he had fever. He was detected positive for COVID-19 on April 2.

A BEST spokesperson said the employee was on leave on 18th and 19th March 2020, during this leave period he had travelled to his native place. He joined duty on March 20 for evening shift at Hutatma Chowk Receiving Station. On Saturday March 21, he reported on duty at Transport Training Centre Building at Wadala Depot and thereafter from March 22, he had not reported on duty.

"As directed by BMC health officer all staff members of the concerned department had been home quarantined for 14 days from April 2. The concerned department has also kept closed and will be sanitized by giving special treatment by BMC staff. MCGM had also sealed the residential building of the infected employee.

Sources said the deceased, who used to work as a foreman with the electricity supply division, had kidney-related ailments.

BEST's medical department has now asked all the staff suffering from diabetes, heart problems, kidney-ailments, asthma and cancer not to report to duty.

The 24 other staff, who were in touch with the deceased, were earlier quarantined for over two weeks and are now declared “safe” to return to work.

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