Coronavirus: 30 Malayali nurses in Saudi quarantined
Riyadh: 30 Malayali nurses in Saudi Arabia, who had treated the Philippines native affected with coronavirus, have been shifted to isolation. Complaints also were raised that they are not given proper food or treatment.
Meanwhile, another Malayali nurse who treated the Filipino woman, had been confirmed with the virus attack. The Ettumanoor native is a nurse at the Al Hayat National Hospital in Saudi.
At first the virus attack was confirmed for the Filippino woman and spread to the nurse when she attended to her.
Fearing the spread of the virus, many employees are not reporting for duty at the hospital.
The Malayali nurses alleged that the hospital authorities are concealing the information on the disease. They have lodged a complaint with the Indian Embassy.
Samples of the fluids collected from the quarantined nurses have been sent for examination. As per reports, the preliminary test results confirmed they are not affected with the virus.
Meanwhile, the Ettumanoor native nurse is under treatment at the government hospital here.
China has suspended all public transport, including flights in and out of Wuhan, the epicentre of the coronavirus as the confirmed cases climbed to 571 mostly from the city with 17 deaths so far.
The World Health Organization (WHO) which held an emergency meeting on Wednesday in Vienna to deal with the global impact of the virus has extended the talks till Thursday to decide on whether the outbreak in China constitutes a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC), like Ebola and Swine flu.