Hyderabad: A health bulletin released by the Telangana government has identified 101 COVID-19 hotspots in the State. The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) is barricading some areas calling them ‘containment zone’.

One such notice put up by the GHMC in Banjara Hills on road no. 2, Aurora Colony has created a sense of fear among the public. According to the locals, a resident of the colony, who attended the Delhi’s Tablighi Jamaat event was traced by the police and medical teams. He and his family were taken in an ambulance on April 7th. Brought back on April 10th after testing negative, the family has been kept under quarantine.

A lady who lives next door to the suspect’s house, M. Yaddamma speaking to NewsMeter said, “We are relieved the family has tested negative. My granddaughter goes out to play. It was a cause of worry for me. Now we are not allowed to enter that road. None from the road are allowed to come out, which is a good step. I am told the suspect’s family will be under observation for a month.”

“I was shocked when my father told me about the notice board last night around 10.30 pm. I told him many areas are now marked and asked him not to leave the house. None have left their houses today. People are not venturing out on to the streets. Hence there is a fall in people coming to my shop. Those who sit outside to chitchat with neighbours are conspicuous by their absence. The notice has definitely created panic and awareness too,” said Mohammed Kazhar, a retail shop owner.

The notice was put up around 8 pm, said Mohammed Nizar, whose house is just opposite to the gully.

Explaining the idea behind containment zones, zonal commissioner of Kukatpally, V. Mamatha said, “These zones are also hotspots. We have identified 20 such areas in Kukatpally. In Chandragiri Nagar a family of five has tested positive. It is one containment cluster now. The other such cluster is in Jeedimetla, Kukatpally, Hasmathpet and other areas.”

101 COVID hotspots in T; Containment zone in Banjara Hills identified

The GHMC, police and medical officials will take care of the needs of people staying in these clusters as they are not allowed to move out, Ms Mamatha said.

The Khairtabad zonal commissioner under whose purview Banjara Hills falls was not available for comment.

As of April 10, the total number of positive cases in Hyderabad is 179, the highest in Telangana.

Aiswarya Sriram

Aiswarya Sriram is a budding multimedia journalist and is currently working for NewsMeter. A graduate from Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media (IIJNM) Bangalore, Aiswarya has earlier worked with The Logical Indian and has interned with Republic TV. Aiswarya, a Tamilian who was born and brought up in Mumbai, loves to do rural reporting. She has visited Byadgi Taluk of Karnataka, to write about the issues faced by chilli factory workers there, earlier in 2019. A craft enthusiast, Aiswarya also does quilling, painting and glass work. On her off-days, she loves to read crime-thrillers and watch anime. She primarily reports on civic issues, GHMC, human-interesting features, and fact-checking video stories.

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