Hyderabad: The owner of famous eatery Gokul Chat at Koti in Hyderabad has been tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday. He is 74 and has underlying health conditions, according to health officials.

Sources confirmed that he had developed symptoms two days ago and his samples were collected. The result showed he was positive for the virus. Following the development, more than 20 members of his family were quarantined, while efforts are on to trace other primary and secondary contacts. Meanwhile the family has dismissed rumors that staffers have been infected.

On Tuesday, the family released a statement to dispel the rumours and said that the owner of the Gokul Chat, who is also the head of the family, has been indoors since the lockdown started. Rumours that staff has tested positive for the virus are not true, it stated.

It further said, "We always take utmost precautionary measures and follow the practices prescribed by FSSAI and ICMR at Gokul Chat Bhandar. We have voluntarily shut our shop to safeguard the interest of our customers. We have checked each and every employee for COVID symptoms and found everyone safe."

The 74-year-old has been staying at home for quite some time, while his sons and other family members were running the eatery. During the lockdown, the eatery has also been closed, but after the restrictions were eased, it started serving people from May 16. It was found that they were taking all precautions and sanitation activities at the eatery.

The patient has been shifted to an isolation facility, while his home located behind a famous worship place at Koti was declared a containment area. The area has been sealed for public movement and barricades have been set up.

"He has not visited the eatery after it resumed functioning recently. However, the details of the people who have visited the place during this time are also being verified. It is likely that they may also be advised to be under quarantine for the next few days", confirmed the health officials.

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