Hyderabad: Ahmed Nagar one of the densely populated residential pockets in the old city of Hyderabad, has reported seven COVID-19 cases until April 22nd, while hundreds are under quarantine.

Of the seven, is a 48-year-old real estate agent (name withheld), his second wife and elder daughter, born to his first wife. Besides the man’s family, two of his friends and their children have been infected by the coronavirus, said the medical reports. All have been admitted to Gandhi Hospital.

Inquiries found that, the 48-year-old patient along with his two friends, had travelled to Markaz in March, 2020. The trio, were part of a large congregation from Badi Masjid – Mallepally of Hyderabad  who took part in the Tablighi Jamaat religious meeting in Delhi’s Nizamuddin area.

The three, who reside in Ahmed Nagar returned to Hyderabad on March 18th, travelled in the same train, reserved in the same bogie. They continued to work as usual post their return. While the real estate agent’s (COVID patient) second wife lives in the adjacent lane. Of the two friends, one lives at Laxmi Nilayam and other in Patel residency, falling under Ahmed nagar.

AIMIM co-option member Mahmood Hussain told NewsMeter, “A few days after the three returned to Hyderabad, the patient (referring to the real estate agent) fell ill. He was being treated at a basthi dawakhana in Ahmed Nagar. By then, the list of Markaz participants was released  by the Badi Masjid, their names featured in it. Samples collected from them (three friends) tested positive’.

He further adds, “As a precautionary measure, families of the trio were moved to a quarantine center at Sarojini Hospital at Masab Tank. The latest medical reports declared the second wife and eldest daughter of the real-estate agent have tested positive for COVID. Notably, the medical reports of the man’s first wife and daughter born to the second wife, tested COVID negative’.

While two daughters, both minors, of another COVID patient (one of the friend ) tested positive for coronavirus. All seven have been admitted to Gandhi Hospital. The area is now  been marked as a containment zone.

As on April 22nd, the total number of COVID cases have surged to 928. Of which 194 have been discharged and 711 are active cases. The death toll in the state stands at 23.

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