Hyderabad: Thirteen members belonging to one family tested positive for Corona virus in Hyderabad’s Talabkatta road no 1, falling under Bhavani nagar. The 13 patients from one family are among the 62 new cases reported in the state on April 13. This has also increased Hyderabad’s COVID tally to 216, marking it the highest reported in a single district.
According to the reports , a 60-year-old woman (family member) died on April 11, the medial reports taken after her death tested positive for COVID-19. The lady has a history of pre-existing health issues. Following this , sample of 40 members of decease family were collected by the health officials. All stay at Talabkatta road number 1 falling under Bhavani Nagar police station which has now been cordoned off.
The medical reports released on April 13 , revealed, 13 among the 40 tested, turned out COVID positive. The affected have been admitted to Gandhi Hospital for treatment. Among the infected are four boys aged two, six, ten , and 12 years and a three-year-old girl, a source from Gandhi Hospital said.
A GHMC official ( on condition of anonymity) told NewsMeter , “We ‘suspect’ that the old woman had returned from Delhi and the family was unaware that she had been infected. She tested positive after her death. The GHMC isolated 40 family members out of which 13 have now tested positive’. The officer did not want to answer questions on whether the family hide the travel history of the lady despite the government repeatedly appealing to come forward and test.
Confirming the news a police official serving at the Bhavaninagar police station, said, the Cops are trying to trace the contacts of all the 13 people. ‘As of now, the other family members have been kept under house quarantine and the GHMC has cordoned the area. The Talabkatta area is densely populated and has congested lanes, efforts are on to trace their contacts’.
The Talabkatta turns out to be a repeat of what happened at Hafiz Babanagar. A family slipped into a shock after 15 of its members including six children and a three-month-old infant tested positive for COVID-19. This were tested after the family lost a 68-year-old member. She had a history of diabetes and cardiac problems besides other age-related ailments.
Interestingly, the deceased lady didn’t have any travel history. Officials and family members have so far failed to trace the source of infection.