During 18-19 March, Telangana reported 10 new cases, which include seven Indonesian nationals
12 Vietnamese nationals are also in isolation over suspected infection in Hyderabad
The number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Telangana increased to 17, after one more people tested positive for the virus on Friday. Moreover, a group of 14 people, including 12 Vietnamese nationals, who were in Nalgonda district were also taken for testing in Hyderabad’s state-run Fever hospital for COVID. On the same day, the neighbouring state of Andhra Pradesh also reported its third positive COVID case.
In Telangana, a day earlier on 19 March, three people, including two who had travelled to London, tested positive for COVID. State chief minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao (KCR) is also all set to take stock of the situation in Karimnagar district on Saturday, three days after seven Indonesian nationals who managed to travel there from New Delhi tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) on 18 March.
KCR will himself be stepping in to monitor measures by the district administration to ensure that the virus does not spread. A statement from KCR’s office said that the chief minister wanted to tour Karimnagar on Friday to personally to assess and monitor the situation, but had to shift it to Saturday due to the prime minister’s videoconference with chief ministers which was scheduled for the same day.
Meanwhile in Andhra Pradesh, the third positive COVID case was reported from the city of Visakhapatnam, prompting AP chief minister Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy to hold a meeting via video conference all important with state government officials to deal with the situation. In a statement released to the media, Reddy advised the public to say “no to panic and yes to precaution".
Strict guidelines were issues to district administrations across the state in order to contain the situation. The AP government, in an advisory to the public, asked people to avoid panic buying and promised to ensure that there will be no shortage of necessities in the state. Reddy also said that strict action will be taken against traders if they increase prices of essential commodities.
In a bid to control the situation, volunteers and health workers have been assigned per 50 households across rural households for collecting information about symptomatic patients and foreign returnees in each of these 50 houses and report on the app. All the volunteers have smart phones with an app to communicate with the health department as well. A day earlier on 19 March, AP had recorded its second COVID case in Prakasam district.
In Telangana however, the three days between 18 and 20 March saw 11 new cases of COVID, which includes the seven Indonesian nationals who had travelled to the state from New Delhi and were later screened for the virus. Three cases reported on 19 March alone, of which one of the infected persons had come to Hyderabad from Dubai, while two others had travel history to London.
Telangana has been reporting cases every day since this week. In the case of the Indonesian nationals, it was found that they travelled to Ramagundem in Telangana from New Delhi. They are currently undergoing treatment at the state-run Gandhi hospital.
Out of all the patients infected with the virus in the state, the first person whose case was reported (a local 24-year-old IT employee, employed in Bengaluru, whose case was reported last month) has since recovered and has been discharged.
Other cases include another 22-year-old local, who had travelled to Scotland in the United Kingdom, who is a resident of Medchal (area) in Hyderabad. Before him, on 17 March, another Indonesian national who travelled to Hyderabad was tested positive for the virus.