Hyderabad: A sudden surge in coronavirus positive cases in Telangana was reported on Tuesday with health officials confirming 15 more persons, those who attended the religious congregation in New Delhi and also their contacts, as Covid-19 positive. This so far, is the highest number of Covid-19 positive cases reported in a single day in the State.
At present, there are 77 active coronavirus cases admitted to various designated government hospitals including Gandhi Hospital, Fever Hospital and Chest Hospital in Hyderabad. With today’s cases, the total number of positive cases in the State went up to 97 since the first positive case was reported on March 2. The health authorities urged all those who participated in the religious meeting at Nizamuddin in New Delhi, to self report at Gandhi Hospital.
Health Minister Etela Rajender urged persons who took part in the meeting to bring along their relatives to ensure they also undergo tests.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao directed health officials to arrange transport facilities for persons with chronic medical conditions like kidney ailments who need dialysis, sickle cell anaemia and thalassemia, and help them reach various health care facilities. Rajender also urged police officials not to stop the free movement of such vehicles. All mother and child care facilities would continue to function normally and provide services to pregnant women, he added.
Section officer tests positive for Covid-19
Sending top officials into a tizzy, a section officer of the Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development and Fisheries Department who attended the community meeting held at Nizamuddin in Delhi tested positive for Covid-19. The officials concerned ordered for an in-depth investigation into the case and urged the Medical Department officials to conduct further investigation.
Shockingly, the section officer did not inform his department or the health officials despite showing symptoms of Covid-19 and instead, refrained from attending duty. The issue came to light only after the higher officials enquired about his prolonged absence from duty on Tuesday. Learning that he visited the State Secretariat buildings at BRK Bhavan, the officials sanitised the premises. Efforts are on to identify if any of the staff members were in contact with him and conduct further medical investigation into the case.
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