Dozens of pregnant women were put in quarantine in India after coming into contact with a sonographer who tested positive for coronavirus, according to a senior district official.
The sonographer, who tested positive on April 14, lives in Pune in the western state of Maharashtra and traveled to rural areas to offer his services at several health camps.
While he was volunteering at a gynaecology clinic in Shikrapur village from April 6 to April 8, he met with 69 pregnant women.
A further 75 people had been to the clinic during that period, but they were not patients and did not come in direct contact with him, said Ayush Prasad, chief executive officer of the district council.
“We looked at the CCTV footage and identified the 69 high-risk contacts based on the fact that they had been in an enclosed space with the sonographer for 15 minutes,” Prasad told CNN. “Of these, four women were not from Shikrapur, so we have alerted the respective district administrations. Sixty-two women were placed in institutional quarantine at four hotels.”
Of the remaining high-risk contacts, two women have already delivered babies and one had been admitted to the hospital in labor at the time of speaking, Prasad said.
The sonographer was not exhibiting coronavirus symptoms when he attended the clinic and was wearing a mask, Prasad added.
The 62 women were tested for coronavirus and found to be negative, according to Prasad.
Once the test results came back, the women were moved from the hotels and are now self-isolating at home.
“There is not even an iota of doubt but we have still advised the women to be in social isolation in their homes for 14 days,” he said.