Hyderabad: A 51 year-old man, resident of Sindhi Colony- Hyderabad, has been tested positive for COVID-19. In what has shocked the family is, the patient has no travel history, nor a primary or secondary contact of a coronavirus patient.
Following the medical reports of the man, the family suspects that he would have contracted coronavirus from the domestic helper or during his visit to the hospital.
On April 18, 8 people have been sent quarantine which includes 2 from his family and other domestic staff working in his house, the officer said. The medical reports of all are awaited.
A resident living nearby said, “The man, a heart-patient, had gone for his regular check-up to a near-by multi-specialist hospital , there he was tested positive for the virus. The colony members, on April 18th, came to know of the case, as the officials sealed the apartment entrance and the family put to quarantine. Their maid comes from Rasoolpura slum where six have been tested positive, hence the family suspects that she would be the source. The domestic helper was coming for work even after the lockdown, also as both husband and wife are old and cannot do much work.”
A GHMC official, requesting anonymity said, “Around 100 houses in the surrounding have been sealed, including two supermarkets in Sindhi colony. While we traced the history of the patient, it was found that he had visited these supermarkets for groceries, thus they have been sealed. The positive patient has been shifted to Gandhi Hospital for further treatment. The medical report of the maid is yet to be out. The area has been now declared as COVID-19 Containment Zone by GHMC'.
Meanwhile, on April 14, 17 from Talabkatta, were tested positive for coronavirus. They all belonged to the same family of 40 people. A local source from that area told NewsMeter, “Other family members were house quarantined and 13 of them were flouting lockdown norms so they were shifted to Charminar Government hospital.”