Hyderabad: In what comes as a relief to the Telangana government, 11 patients who had previously tested positive for Corona virus have been tested negative in subsequent reports. All the 11 are Indian nationals. Health officials are awaiting the results of the second confirmation report following which they will discharge these patients and keep them under home quarantine.
Speaking to NewsMeter, Dr. P. Sravan Kumar, superintendent of Gandhi Hospital, said, “All the 11 patients who were previously COVID-19 positive have tested negative. The test results came on 29 March. Usually, the protocol demands that we do a second test to confirm the negative status of COVID-19. Those test results will be out by tomorrow.”
The doctor further confirmed that all 11 will be discharged after the test results confirm they have tested negative twice. “Once they are discharged from Gandhi Hospital, they are to remain under home quarantine for the next 14 days, so as to prevent further contamination. The number of COVID-19 patients in the state is bound to reduce,” he said.
Earlier, state municipal administration and urban development minister KTR had tweeted, “A piece of good news to share as #TelanganaFightsCorona 11 previously corona positive cases from Telangana, have tested negative in the latest set of tests today.”
A piece of good news to share as #TelanganaFightsCorona
11 previously corona positive cases from Telangana, have tested negative in the latest set of tests today#StayHomeStaySafe
— KTR (@KTRTRS) March 29, 2020
If the subsequent test reports also confirm negative, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Telangana will dip to 54. As per the health bulletin released by the director of public health and family welfare on 28 March, Telangana has 65 active COVID-19 cases. While 67 cases were reported in total, one person has been discharged, while a 74-year-old man from Khairatabad died of the virus on 28 March. This was the first COVID-19 death recorded in Telangana.
India has registered a total of 931 COVID-19 cases and 25 deaths as of 29 March, according to the data provided by the Union health ministry.