Hyderabad: Panic gripped many people in Hyderabad after Telangana state health department’s revealed that one of the coronavirus positive patients visited Galleria Mall in Punjagutta on March 11.

In its March 19 bulletin, the health department urged people, who visited the mall on the date to self-quarantine at home as a precautionary measure.

“As one positive case from the neighbouring state has visited Galleria mall at Punjagutta in Hyderabad on 11th March 2020. The public who were at that mall on the said date is requested to stay at home in self-quarantine and access health care immediately after the onset of symptoms. They can also call 104 helplines for further queries”, the bulletin said.

Sensing panic, the officials issued a revised bulletin deleting the part about the mall.

Till March 19, the number of coronavirus positive cases stands at 16. The two patients who were reported positive on Thursday had travelled to London. According to the officials, all 15 active cases are stable.

Currently, 13 hospitals in different districts with a bed capacity of 335 are monitoring the confirmed and suspects of coronavirus cases. Forty-one patients are under observation, while 21 have been discharged. On Thursday, the state reported 47 new admissions, the bulletin said.

Appeal to the Public by Telangana government

  • Any person who has returned from COVID-19 affected countries or has been in personal contact with such a person must remain in home isolation for 14 days from the time of arrival in India irrespective of having any symptoms or not.
  • To self-notify at the nearest government hospital immediately after the onset of symptoms.
  • To call 104 health helpline for all queries pertaining to Covid-19.
  • Maintain personal hygiene, use tissue paper/handkerchief while coughing or sneezing, frequently wash hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer and avoid crowds or social gatherings.

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