Hyderabad: Karimnagar saw a sudden surge in COVID-19 cases after people in a village attended a funeral on February 9. Around 33 persons from the gathering tested positive for COVID-19 in Chegurthu village of Karimnagar rural mandal.
Speaking to NewsMeter, district medical and health officer (DMHO), Dr Sujatha said that a person had came to Kothapalli PHC having no sense of smell. "We did the Rapid Antigen Test on him and it came positive. After enquiring about his movements in the last few days, he mentioned that he attended the funeral of a relative in the village," said Dr Sujatha.
After that, the DMHO arranged a mobile medical team to trace the others. People the team has managed to trace were administered COVID tests and till Friday 33 people have tested positive.
Around 134 people from the funeral have been traced from which 16 from the 47 tested on Thursday were positive and 17 from the 87 people tested on Friday tested positive. All who tested positive are under home isolation. They have been provided with a COVID-19 kit by the district medical team.
The DMHO is continuing contact tracing in the area. "We are going to continue with the survey and find every person who had come in contact with the people who have tested positive. We also came to know that few people from the neighbouring village also attended the funeral. We will find and test them," said Dr Sujatha.
Also, the DMHO mentioned that the spread of COVID-19 is in control. "Most of the people who attended the funeral are from the same locality. Also, people who tested positive for COVID-19 till now are also from the same lane in the locality. We believe we will trace all the persons in a few days," said the DMHO.
Meanwhile, Telangana reported 157 new COVID cases on Friday taking the overall tally to 2,97,435 in the state. The state reported zero new deaths on February 19 taking the total death tally to 1,623. The fatality rate in the state is 0.54 per cent which is less than the national average of 1.4 per cent.
Also, Scientists at the city-based Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) have found that few novel variants of the SARS-CoV-2 are spreading more in certain states, especially in southern India.
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