Telangana reports first Coronavirus death

File photo of Health Minister Etela Rajender

Hyderabad: It was mixed news for Telangana on Saturday, with the State reporting the first coronavirus-related death of a 74-year-old person, while 10 persons being treated at Gandhi Hospital tested negative for the virus, paving way for their discharge from the hospital shortly. On the other side, the total number of cases rose to 68 with six members of a family & three others being testing positive for the virus, Health Minister Etela Rajendar announced here on Saturday.

Speaking to newsmen, Rajendar said the first casualty from the State, the 74-year-old man, hailed from Khairatabad and had recently returned from New Delhi. He died while undergoing treatment at a private hospital here. Officials said he was neither under quarantine nor was the official health machinery aware that he had contracted coronavirus.

The 74-year-old person had gone to Delhi on March 14 to attend a religious meet and returned to Hyderabad on March 17. On March 20, he was admitted to a private hospital when he complained of severe respiratory illness and high grade fever. Following his death, due to his travel history, officials conducted a coronavirus test in which he tested positive. The family members of the deceased person, including his wife and a son, are now under home quarantine.

Advisory thrown to winds

Apart from the death, Rajender said six members from a single family in the old city also tested positive for Covid-19, taking the overall number of positive cases in Telangana to 65. According to health authorities, one of the six persons in the family that tested positive for coronavirus had attended the same religious meeting, which the 74-year-old person, who died, had attended in New Delhi.

The Health Minister said clusters of coronavirus positive cases had come to light from Qutbullapur, Nampally and Old City. “In all these places, a person from the family has a travel history and when they come back to Hyderabad, they fail to adhere to the home quarantine advisory. As a result, four persons from a family in Qutbullapur and six persons in a family from Old City have tested positive,” he said.

Positive development

Meanwhile, in a positive development, 10 patients admitted to Gandhi Hospital are on their way to recovery. “Out of 65 positive cases, 10 patients on Saturday have tested negative, which means they can be discharged in the coming days. We will conduct a few more tests before taking the call on discharging them,” the minister said.

Airport staff test positive

Rajender also confirmed that four healthcare workers, mostly staff deputed to conduct screening of passengers at the Hyderabad International Airport, have also tested positive.

“There have been instances, wherein family members of these healthcare workers have also tested positive for coronavirus. Overall, there are 65 Covid-19 positive cases in the State. There is a dire need for people to remain under lockdown to break these transmission chains,” the Minister said.

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