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Hyderabad: A fresh case of a third person with coronavirus (COVID-19) was confirmed in Hyderabad, on Sunday, by health department officials in Telangana. The patient, who is in isolation, had travelled to the Netherlands.

The development comes a day after another person, who had recently travelled to Italy, also tested positive for the virus. Both are currently in isolation at the state-run Gandhi Hospital in the city.

The 24-year-old IT sector employee (employed in Bengaluru) who had tested positive earlier, has since recovered after his tests showed the same a few days ago. A resident of Mahindra Hills in Secunderabad, his case was discovered few weeks ago, after he had travelled to Dubai recently and returned.

“So far we have had three positive cases and as of now two people are in isolation. Today one person who travelled to The Netherlands also tested positive for the virus. We have also traced the people he came in contact with," said Dr Prabhakar Reddy, who is currently overseeing all the coronavirus cases in Gandhi hospital.

According to data provided by the state government, nearly 62,000 have been tested till date for the novel coronavirus disease in Telangana, of which three turned out to be positive. Last week, the government also decided to shut down all educational institutions till 31 March. Apart from that, permissions for public meetings, rallies, exhibitions, trade fairs and other events will also not be given for the coming days.

Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrshekhar 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 functioning as usual.

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