Telangana State reports 7 new cases in a single day, total count spirals to 13
A total number of 13 cases haunt Telangana as the Directorate of Public Health announced that 7 more patients who were all Indonesian nationals traveling on the same train with patient 5, were tested positive. The seven patients were put in quarantine since March 16 and were tested positive on March 18. Six people out of the seven said they’ve come to India for religious activity. The health department officials said “The Indonesian national, patient number five, was identified in Karimnagar district. He visited Karimnagar from Delhi on March 13 on a train. He was traveling in coach number S9 of Andhra Pradesh Sampark Kranti (train no 12708) and got off at Ramagundam. While on the train, he was accompanied by three Indians at Karimnagar. These Indonesian nationals had come to Karimnagar to attend a religious program and were staying at a mosque. Another person, patient number 6, had a travel history to Scotland. He is a 22-year-old who was studying BBA in Scotland and arrived in Hyderabad on March 16. He stayed in Medchal with his three family members and developed a fever and cold. He was rushed to Gandhi hospital. We’ve traced everyone who traveled on the train with patient number five.” Telangana Health Minister Eatala Rajender also confirmed the same by saying that they’ve traced the people who came in contact with him at Ramagundam and Karimnagar.
Following the incident, the Health Minister Eatala Rajender requested Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan to impose a ban on international flights coming to India. So far, the Telangana health department has tested 447 samples, out of which 412 samples have tested negative. 70,545 passengers have been screened at Hyderabad airport. Telangana state government had also put 1,683 persons on home quarantine to contain the viral pandemic. Health authorities are planning to set up quarantine facilities that house over 20,000 patients if required.