40 Doctors of Lucknow-based King George’s Medical University test Covid positive

Lucknow: Forty doctors of Lucknow-based King George’s Medical University (KGMU), including Vice Chancellor Lt Gen (retd) Vipin Puri, have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

This is the second time since last August that the Vice Chancellor has been infected by the virus.
He was administered the second dose of vaccine on March 25.

Sandeep Tewari of KGMU said, “During the last four days, around 40 doctors, including medical superintendent Himanshu, have tested positive.”

Most of the doctors have tested positive despite taking both the doses of vaccine.

The infected doctors include 20 from the general surgery department, nine from the urology department and three from the department of medicine.

Tests of several other faculty members are being conducted after they complained of influenza-like symptoms on Tuesday and their reports will be available later.

Screening of entire staff in several departments will also be done on Wednesday.

The heads of the Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Medanta hospital and Era Medical college have already tested positive for Covid even after getting vaccinated.

Meanwhile, seven new fatalities were reported in the state during last 24 hours, taking the death toll to 1,248.

The new deaths include Professor Brajesh Shukla of the Lucknow University, a recipient of the Padma Shri award, and chief pharmacist of police lines, R.K. Chaudhary.

Lucknow, which has emerged as a Covid hotspot in Uttar Pradesh, reported 1,188 new Covid cases in the past 24 hours.

Presently, there are 4,560 coronavirus patients under home isolation.

(IANS)

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