Hyderabad:  More than 41 post graduate doctors and frontline workers have tested positive for coronavirus at government-run Osmania Medical College The number is in addition to 12 infected doctors at Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS).

The number of postgraduate doctors infected with the virus has been increasing ever since the first case was reported from the medical college.

The first Covid-19 case was reported on May 30 when a female medico from the Gynecology department tested positive. Later, 11 more students tested positive. All infected students were hostelers who used to study in reading rooms and often visited the mess. There are more than 400 postgraduate (PG) students enrolled in different programmes at Osmania. Speaking to NewsMeter, a  PG doctors ( day scholar) said, “It is learnt that a canteen staffer fell ill and displayed COVID like sysmptoms, later he was tested positive. But, by then the virus had spread among the hostelers. Secondly, some of the PG doctors were  working at Petlaburj Maternity Hospital  and Osmania General. It is learnt that few of them came in contact with a COVID suspect during treatment’.

Telangana Junior Doctors’ Association (TJUDA) said PG students have been working in the outpatient (OP) department of Osmania General Hospital (OGH), which is overcrowded and lacks safety measures.

Meanwhile, Telangana witnessed a spike in COVID deaths and new cases. Data and ground reality do not indicate ‘flattening of the curve’, any sooner. Notably, two days from now, religious places and restaurants will open for the public.

In 24 hours, the state reported eight COVID deaths, the highest so far since March 2, when the first COVID case was detected from Mahendra hills of Secunderabad. Besides, 143 new COVID cases were reported, of whom 116 are from Hyderabad. Besides the capital city, cases are on a rise in Ranga Reddy, Mahbub Nagar, Warangal, and Khammam districts.

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