District authorities in Telangana were busy on Saturday when 17 positive cases of COVID-19 from various districts were reported.
The severity of the spread of COVID in the Adilabad district became clear on Saturday when up to 10 Jamaat returnees tested positive for the virus infection, which surprised everyone. Of the 81 samples from suspects from the various isolation stations, including the 11 primary Hasnapur positive contacts, that were sent to the Center for Cellular and Microbiology (CCMB) for testing, reports were received from 45, of which 35 were negative A. Sridevasena.
Reports of samples of remaining suspects were reported to arrive on Sunday. The authorities have initiated follow-up to identify the primary and secondary contacts of the positive cases, six from the district headquarters, three from the Neredigonda Mandal headquarters and one from the Hasnapur village in Utnoor Mandal.
Two of the positive cases, both from the city of Adilabad, are 72 years old, while two others are over 20 years old. The rest are in the age group of 30 to 50 years.
The first positive case was known on Friday night when the authorities received the report of a 24-year-old Jamaat returnee from Hasnapur. It is known that after his return from Delhi on March 19, he came into contact with hundreds of people, including attending a wedding in Utnoor, in which an estimated 200 to 500 invitees attended.
The village of Hasnapur and the villages of NTR Nagar and Hanuman Nagar in the Mandal headquarters of Utnoor have been completely closed off.
According to a report published by the District Medical & Health Officer, four other people from Nalgonda tested positive for COVID, for a total of 14. Results from 39 COVID suspects are expected. As on Saturday, 40 people were in a government quarantine center and 9,131 were quarantined in their respective homes. Two returnees from Delhi who were in quarantine were tested positive for the virus infection in the Jagtial district on Saturday. Officials said they quarantined 73 people in different parts of the district and sent samples for testing. The two positive cases were transferred to the Gandhi Hospital.
Fall in Ramagundam
The district administration of Peddapalli was on high alert after a person tested positive on Saturday in the area of the Ramagundam coal belt. The government had announced a “red zone” in the Annapurna colony in the 2nd division of Ramagundam Municipal Corporation within a radius of one kilometer, barricaded the entire colony, and deployed police forces to restrict residents’ movement into their homes. Three people from Ramagundam parish who attended Markaz prayers in Delhi were taken to Gandhi Hospital for isolation.
Two stations, Veerabhadra Nagar and Osman Nagar from the capital of the Sangareddy district, from where two COVID cases were taken over by the district administration on Saturday.
The authorities have sprayed sodium hypochlorite and potassium hypochlorite with drones in the identified areas.
In the meantime, the Khammam District Collector has instructed the district health authorities to set up 5 to 10 bed isolation wards in all Primary Health Centers (PHCs) to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
(With contributions from our correspondents in Adilabad, Nalgonda, Karimnagar, Sangareddy and Khammam)