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HYDERABAD : Another person on Wednesday tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Hyderabad, taking the total number of positive cases in the city to six (of which the first patient has been cured and discharged). There has been a positive case reported daily in the last four cases, with all of the quarantined persons having travel history to countries like the United Kingdom, Italy, etc where the virus has spread.

While the details of the affected person is not being revealed by the government, an official from the state government, who did not want to be quoted, said that the latest person who tested positive had travelled to Scotland in the United Kingdom. Prior to this on 17 March, another (fifth case) person who was infected with the virus is a citizen of Indonesia who had travelled to Telangana.

According to a bulletin from the state government, except for the first person (an IT sector employee working in Bengaluru, who tested positive in February after travelling to Dubai), the others have been admitted in isolation wards in designated hospitals and their condition is stable. So far no death has been reported in Hyderabad, where people who are suspected of carrying the coronavirus (COVID-19) are being tested in the state-run Gandhi and Osmania hospital.

However, apart from this, the Telangana government has also made preparations to undertake tests at other government institutes like the Fever Hospital, Institute of Preventive Medicine, Nizams Institute of Medical Sciences, and Kakatiya Medical College (Warangal district). Telangana health minister Eatala Rajender, in a press conference a day earlier, said that as of now the state government is able to handle the situation and that tests for the coronavirus are being conducted only at the state run medical institutes.

Prior to this, among the four positive cases reported earlier this month, two of them had travel history to The Netherlands and Italy, where the situation has turned serious as thousands of cases have been infected with the virus.

Chief minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao (KCR), while addressing a press conference after a review last Saturday, said that the situation will be reviewed after which the restrictions may be relaxed. Chairing a high-powered committee meeting and later a cabinet meeting, he also sanctioned Rs.500 crore to check the spread of the COVID-19.

Prior to this, apart from the three confirmed cases, another woman, an employee of DSM Shared Services (located in the Raheja Mindspace tech park), had initially tested positive for the virus earlier this month. It sent the entire IT sector of Hyderabad, known as Hi-tech city (where most of software companies, including companies like Facebook and Google) into a panic mode.

However, her tests from the National Institute of Virology, the final authority, came negative, after which the situation calmed down. While many companies in Hyderabad are asking their employees to work from home, others are functioning normally, albeit with some precautions. Establishments like pubs in the city are also however functioning as usual, while places like gyms have been asked to shut shop for now.

Hyderabad city police commissioner Anjani Kumar on Wednesday, in a statement, warned local news channels not to air telecast programmes that “have tendency to create panic in the society" and asked them to refrain from airing anything that cases panic.

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