Hyderabad: The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation on 27 March picked 16 persons for violating home quarantine rules. All of them had recently returned from foreign countries and had been instructed to stay under home quarantine for 14 days. They have been taken to government-designated quarantine centers. Of the 16, six are from Kukatpally, five from Charminar, four from Serilingampally, and one from Khairtabad.

Meanwhile, on Friday 10 new Corona-positive cases were reported in Telangana. With this, the total number of cases in the state has reached 55. This is the highest number of cases the state has reported so far. The 10 people are suspected to be residents of a gated community in Hyderabad’s Film Nagar.

On 26 March, four positive cases were reported, including a doctor couple from Yashoda Hospital in Somajiguda. The 41-year-old husband is an RMO in Yasoda hospital in Somajiguda while his 36-year-old wife is a homemaker. The couple, who live in the Domalguda area of Hyderabad, holds MBBS degrees but are not practising. Both have no travel history to a COVID-19 affected country, raising questions of local transmission. A source working at the hospital told NewsMeter, “From the information we received (referring to the management), the couple had invited a few friends over to their residence at Domalguda. Among them were people who had travelled to Dubai, This could have been the origin of the transmission.”

According to the patient’s travel history issued by the Telangana health department, on 17 March the man travelled to Tirupati by an Indigo flight scheduled at 10.30 a.m. He visited SVIMS hospital to meet a doctor and returned home the same evening, travelling by another Indigo flight at 7. 05 p.m. On 21 March, he started showing symptoms of Corona virus and was advised to visit Gandhi Hospital where he tested positive, the bulletin said. His wife, who had no travel history, was his primary contact.

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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