Hyderabad: A 45 days-old-baby is the first Covid-19 case reported in  Narayanpet district of Telangana, which has managed to keep away from coronavirus, untill today. The baby boy, whose test results were announced on April 17th,  has been shifted out of the district to Hyderabad’s Niloufer hospital. While, his parents and grandmother are under quarantined.

Following the first case, the Narayanpet administration are perplexed , since the baby has no travel history barring hospital visits. Also none from the  district, so far, has contracted the virus. Inspection resulted in tracing out 20 contacts of the baby, which  includes  the doctors who  delivered and  treated the infant.

Ms Hari Chandana, District Collector of Narayanpet told NewsMeter, “We still don’t know the source nor  can we say the baby contracted virus in the district, because we have reported zero cases . His parents are shepherds and they haven’t moved outside the village.”

The administration on the other hand, doubts  hospital staff to be virus carriers . According to them, the baby could have been infected while he was under treatment for fever at a hospital.

“The patient (baby) was given  vaccine on April 8. Three days later, that is on  April 11,  he suffered from  fever. The temperature can also be due to vaccination, the family assumed . From Kotakonta he was referred to  Mahabubnagar Government Hospital, and from there he finally referred to Niloufer Hospital in Hyderabad. Since the last five days the baby has been shifting hospitals. We suspect,  he could have been infected from Mahabubnagar where he was was under treatment  for two days or in Hyderabad’s Niloufer hospital,” the Collector further added.

As on April 17, the total number of positive cases in Telangana is 766 . While Hyderabad has around  286 active cases, the highest in the state.

Dheeshma Puzhakkal

Dheeshma Puzhakkal is currently a Reporter with Newsmeter. An alumnus of Hyderabad Central University, she has interned with Greater Kashmir newspaper and NDTV. Dheeshma has also made short films and documentaries. Her documentary ‘Still I Rise’, which is based on sex-trafficking in Hyderabad’s Old City, has earned accolades in several film festivals, such as International Documentary and Short Film Festival, Kerala (IDSFFK). An avid foodie, she loves to travel and listen to stories that others tell. Photography is one of her all-time interests. She has extensively written on satellite-based journalism, health, consumer, and data stories besides covering anti-crime investigative agencies.

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