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.

The lid blew off, only when the family lost their elderly member on April 11th. Till then, the members remained unaware of the infection nor did they experience symptoms, as claimed.

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.

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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