Fourteen Italian tourists who tested positive for novel coronavirus (Covid-19) were admitted to the isolation facility of Medanta-The Medicity in Gurugram on Wednesday night. Their driver, an Indian national, was admitted to Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital.They were part of a group of 21 Italian tourists and three Indians – their driver, tour conductor and guide – and had initially been quarantined at the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP)-run Chhawla camp. They were moved to the camp after the Italian government refused to take them back, Union health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan had said earlier on Wednesday.Health secretary Preeti Sudan on Thursday confirmed they had been admitted to Medanta after an announcement from the hospital authorities. But she evaded the question about who was going to fund their hospital expenses. The Italians may need to spend at least two weeks at the isolation facility. “Funding is not the moot point. Our focus is to ensure that they are properly treated. Why get into the funding and expenses?” she said. Dr Naresh Trehan, chairman, Medanta, explained how the 14 Italian coronavirus patients were shifted to the Gurugram-based multi super speciality hospital. “The PMO [Prime Minister’s Office] has asked us to treat the foreign tourists,… Read full this story
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