Hyderabad: A 50-year-old shopkeeper of Saroornagar area in Hyderabad has been tested positive for Coronavirus.

The administration has put as many as 16 people including his associates and doctors under quarantine.

The man, who runs a groundnut shop in Malakpet area, was suffering from fever and cough since April 17. However, for two days, he popped up DOLO 650 to stave off the disease.

When the fever did not subside, he was admitted to Jeevan Sai Hospital and at Vanasthalipuram for treatment on April 20. However, his health condition did not show any signs of improvement.

On April 25, he was taken to three different hospitals for treatment. He was first taken to OMINI hospital in Kothapet. After his condition deteriorated, he was referred to NIMS. On the same day, he was taken to Yashoda hospital in Somajiguda.

From Yashoda, the man’s sample was collected and he was tested COVID positive. Finally, when the man got admitted to a designated hospital for COVID-19, the city administration came into action and started looking for his primary contacts.

“The man’s result came yesterday night and he has been shifted to Gandhi hospital. All the 16 contacts are currently under home quarantine. From what we understood, all the hospitals, where he was previously admitted, did not gauge the problem. That’s the reason he had to run around the hospitals and treatment got delayed,” E Srinivas Reddy, Inspector Saroornagar, told NewsMeter,

From his family members to customers, the administration even traced the auto driver who took the man to the hospital.

According to the Saroornagar police, those put under quarantine include man’s wife, two of his sons, brother-in-law, two workers, accountant, house owner, house owner’s wife, brother, neighbor, and his 5-year-old daughter, an auto driver and the staff who treated him at Jeevan Sai hospital.

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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