Hyderabad: A 13-month-old baby of a police constable working with the Armed Reserve Wing, was tested positive, making it the first COVID-19 case in Yacharam Mandal in Ranga Reddy district in the city outskirts. Since the past three days, the child was suffering from fever and minor health issues. However, as the fever did not subside, they were taken to Niloufer hospital, where her samples were tested and it was found to be positive.

As the child is still on her mother’s feed, the child along with her mother were shifted to Gandhi hospital, while her father and both grandparents and her maternal grandparents who stay in the next house, shifted to a quarantine facility and their samples were also collected for testing.

According to sources, the family belongs to Chowdarpally village of Yacharam. The girl’s father is now deputed to a police station in Rachakonda commissionerate, while her grandparents work on employment guarantee scheme. Since the lockdown came into force, her father was on COVID duties. However, he had been taking precautions every time he returned home from work.

According to villagers, there is a vast open space in front of their house in the village, which is used as a vegetable market. It is suspected the traders purchase vegetables and other products from different markets in the city and sell them here. Though the source of the infection was not found, it is suspected that the traders who had visited different markets in the city are the carriers.

Meanwhile, a 38-year-old constable working with SR Nagar police station in the city and residing in Secunderabad with his family was tested positive for the virus. This is the first case in the police station, located in the heart of the city. The constable was deputed on Blue Colts (BC) duty, wherein two constables patrol the areas on a bike. The second BC staff and a few other personnel who were in contact with him were advised to be under home quarantine. The number of positive cases in Telangana police department has now reached around 40 and all of them working across three commissionerates spread in the city limits.

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