Hyderabad: To contain the outbreak of Coronavirus and prevent any infection among the serving and veteran community, military authorities in Secunderabad closed its canteens, institutes, and swimming pools.

Adequate measures have also been instituted at the Military Hospital for the treatment of serving personnel. The authorities have also arranged for an initial assessment of veterans at the hospital and treatment at empanelled hospitals of Telangana. Since the virus is critical for the elderly, the Ministry of Defence has requested all veterans to stay at home for the immediate period.

According to the latest media bulletin released by the Telangana government on 18 March, the state has a total of 12 active Coronavirus cases. Out of them, eight are Indonesians, while the others are Indians with a travel history to COVID-19 affected countries.

Late Wednesday, the state health department broke the news that seven Indonesians had tested positive for the virus. According to the news bulletin, the seven newly confirmed patients were among a group of 13 people who were on a religious tour to India. The group reportedly travelled from Nizamuddin Railway station in Delhi to Ramagundem in the AP Samparkranti train (12708) on 13 March. They further proceeded to Karimnagar by road. This has led to another storm amidst the Coronavirus outbreak in the state because 88 other passengers were travelling in the same coach in which the patient had been allocated a seat.

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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