Pune: Eight trainee cadets of INS Shivaji Lonavala, which is one of the premier training establishments of the Indian Navy, have so far tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), a Pune district official said on Monday (June 22).

The first positive case was detected on June 16, he said, adding that the infected cadets are part of a batch of 150 trainees.

“Recently some trainee cadets came to INS Shivaji from Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and other cities. On June 16, a cadet was found positive, and subsequently seven others among his close contacts have also tested positive for the viral infection," said Madhusudan Barge, Tehsildar, Maval.

He said all the positive cadets have been admitted to the military hospital at Wanowrie in Pune.

He said the naval institute has set up eight different isolation facilities.

“Upon receiving a new person on the (INS Shivaji) premises (in Lonavala in Pune district), they are checking the 'Aarogya Setu' app status. They are taking mandatory precautions and instructing them (new visitors) to remain quarantined for 14 days,” he said.