Telangana reveals that most of the population will get infected with COVID 19
Hyderabad, which witnessed a record spike of 1,600 new cases on Saturday, got another reason for panic when a top city jeweller died of Covid-19. The jeweller, who owned a high-end store in Himayatnagar area, had a few days ago hosted a lavish birthday party which saw over a hundred people in attendance from city’s high society circles. Several members of the jewellers association had also attended the party.
According to a report in Indian Express, owner of another top jewellery chain, who had attended the bash, also died of Covid-19 on Saturday. Officials suspect he contracted the virus from the party host.
The majority of people in Telangana state will get infected by the coronavirus, director of health services Dr G Srinivasa Rao warned on Saturday.
“But 80 per cent of the infected population will not have symptoms. The rest of the people will have mild, moderate symptoms and some, particularly those with co-morbidities and the aged, are likely to develop severe symptoms,” Dr Srinivas Rao, in-charge of the state’s battle against COVID-19, told reporters at a press conference here.
The owner of another top jewellery chain, who, too, attended the party, also died of Covid-19 on Saturday. Officials suspect he contracted the infection from the host, who owns a high-end jewellery store in Himayatnagar area.
At least 100 members of the jewellers association attended the party recently. Two days after the bash, the host developed Covid-19 symptoms and was admitted to a private hospital.
A day after Union minister G Kishan Reddy blamed the TRS government for the rising number of COVID-19 cases in Telangana, #WhereisKCR started trending on Twitter on Sunday. Amid the mounting COVID-19 cases in Hyderabad, Union Minister G Kishan Reddy on Saturday asserted that the Centre has been extending all necessary support to Telangana to check the virus spread and blamed the TRS government for leaving the capital city in the lurch.
The health department and the government are focusing on the 20 per cent of the vulnerable population, and has made sure there are facilities to treat them. “We have stepped up our surveillance since April of influenza-like illnesses (ILI) and severe acute respiratory illnesses (SARI). Surveillance is a continuous process,” he said.
Home isolation of COVID-19 patients has been a major part of the disease management. After Delhi, Telangana state has the most number of COVID-19 cases in home isolation. “We have had 12,000 such cases so far of whom 6,752 are in home isolation. Every day, about 1,000 people are completing their isolation protocols but we are advising them to continue for a week more as a matter of precaution.