Hyderabad: A message is going viral on WhatsApp groups with a claim that a private hospital in Hyderabad has been shut after its staff tested positive.

According to WhatsApp forward Ramakrishna Hospital in Kachiguda area of Hyderabad has been sealed after its entire staff tested Covid-19 positive.

“Kachiguda Ramakrishna hospital is sealed…the whole hospital staff is positive,” reads the message.
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However, the claim is false.

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“The rumors on WhatsApp are wrong. There was no Corona patient in the hospital so far. Also, none of our staff members are tested positive. The hospital is functioning with regular timings,” said Dr Hanmanth Rao of Ramakrishna Hospital.

A video of Dr. Hanmanth clarifying his stand has also been released.


We also found a poster put up outside the hospital premises stating: “Please do not believe rumors. Hospital functions normally between 10 AM to 6 PM”.
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The death toll due to COVID-19 in Telangana is on the rise. On Sunday, 14 persons, including a young TV journalist from Hyderabad, succumbed to the virus in the state. With this, the total number of deaths due to Coronavirus in Telangana reached 137. Currently, there are a total of 1,771 patients undergoing treatment for Coronavirus in designated hospitals in Hyderabad. The state has recorded a total of 3,650 cases of COVID-19 so far.

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Hence the claim that Ramakrishna Hospital is sealed after its staff test Covid-19 positive is FALSE.

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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