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.”

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.

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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