Hyderabad: The Hyderabad police arrested a man on 24 July for illegally collecting COVID-19 samples.
Shivaratri Vishnu, a lab technician at Sri Holistic Hospital and a resident of Bachupally, collected samples from people on the road, the police said. He also provided “door-to-door” service. According to the police, Vishnu would send a message on Facebook asking people if they wanted COVID-19 tests done at home.

The police seized five COVID-19 swab kits and a cell phone from Vishnu. The special operation team, Madhapur zone, handed over the man and the seized items to the Gachibowli police for further action.

The cases of black marketing and illegal sale of drugs are high in the city.

On July 18, The Taskforce sleuths conducted raids at Asif Nagar and apprehended seven persons procuring generic versions of Remdesivir and Cipremi Injections, which are being used as antiviral medicine for Covid-19 patients and selling the same at higher prices for earning more bucks illegally. The sleuths seized nine Remdesivir (Covifor) of Hetero and one Cipremi injection of Cipla from their possession.

The Hyderabad police, on 17 July, arrested two persons accused of illegally procuring and selling COVID-19 antiviral drugs. Brothers Sunil Agarwal, who runs Sonu Medical in Chilkalguda, and Sonu Agarwal, who runs Sonu Pharmacy in Ramgopalpet, Secunderabad, were illegally selling generic versions of Remdesivir (Covifer) and Fabiflu tablets at high rates to needy customers.

The Hyderabad police, on 14 July, arrested eight persons involved in the black marketing of antiviral medicine used to treat COVID-19 patients. Drugs, including Remdesivir, Actemra, and Fabiflu, worth Rs. 35 lakh and Rs. 55,000 in cash were seized from them.

The seized drugs included 51 Remdesivir 100mg injections, nine Actemra 400 mg injections, and four Actemra 80mg injections. Also, 180 strips of Fabiflu tablets and 100 COVID-19 rapid testing kits were seized from their possession.

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