Mulugu: More than 92 people tested positive for Covid at VRK Puram village in Nuguru mandal, Mulugu district, in a span of one week. The VRK village is now placed under complete lockdown and termed as a red zone.

The village has a population of around 853 people of whom more than 50% tested for Covid last week. The sudden spike in the positive cases has caused concern to the health care officials. The village has been announced as red zone.

The officials revealed that most of the people who tested positive had been part of a feast where lunch was provided, which was organized by one of the villagers following the death of his family member.

Not just the people of VRK Puram village, more than 73 residents of Kamalapur village also tested positive after attending the feast.

Speaking to NewsMeter, DM&HO, Mulugu, Doctor Appayya said, “the complete village has been placed under total lockdown and has been announced as red zone. Entry to the village has been totally barricaded and restriction on movement by people from the nearby villages has been put in place. We have sent more than 10 patients to Eturnagaram government hospital as their condition was severe and most of them have been placed in home isolation and others have been shifted to isolation centre set up in the village. The number of tests that have been done the day before yesterday was 465, which is the most number of tests done in any district in one day. As of now, for the last two days, there were no positive cases and we are hoping the situation is getting better.”

The officials said the villagers shouldn’t have organised and attended the feast which has led to an alarming situation in the village. All the nearby villages, including Nuguru, Venkatapuram, Marrigudam have also been placed under restriction for movement. The officials have decided to conduct Rapid Antigen Tests on all the people in the village.

Ashish Bhosale

Ashish.B is currently working as a reporter at Newsmeter. He has previously worked with Fever 94.3 FM as a Programming Producer. Alumni from The University of Hyderabad in Mass Communication & Journalism. He has also interned with Central Forensic Science Laboratory in (Crime investigative photography) and Doordarshan. He has completed a diploma in Criminology and Forensic science and has a good understanding of studying crime and criminal offences.
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