Hyderabad: The deputy district medical and health officer of Bhadradri Kothgudem district died of COVID-19 on 7 August. Dr. G. Naresh Kumar, who was in charge of the quarantine centre, had tested positive on 30 July. He was being treated at a private hospital in Hyderabad.

The 35-year-old resident of Bhadrachalam district in Andhra Pradesh is survived by his wife and two children.

P. Anand Babu, the district COVID-19 nodal officer, said, “He was an immunisation officer and served the poor in the district. He contracted the virus while taking care of his patients. He was admitted to a private hospital in Hyderabad after he started showing symptoms of COVID-19.”

In June, a doctor in Narayanaguda became the first in the state to succumb to the virus. He had a private practice in the Khairtabad area. On 2 July, a well-known physician from Seethphalmandi had died of COVID-19. On 23 July, a senior residential medical officer of Yashoda Hospital, Dr. Hari Kumar, had also died of the virus. A head nurse from the Chest Hospital had succumbed to the coronavirus in the last week of June, just days before she was to retire.

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