Top Hyderabad jeweller’s demise from COVID-19 sends a contemporary wave of panic

Naveen S Garewal
Tribune News Service
Hyderabad, July 5

The demise of two metropolis jewellers from coronavirus has despatched panic amongst their fellow jewellers and a few politicians within the metropolis.

A 63-year-old diamond jeweller who had organised the celebration for his family and buddies two weeks in the past succumbed on Friday. One of his friends, one other metropolis jeweller, had died earlier.

100 folks, principally jewellers from Telangana Jeweller Association but additionally some politicians, have been a part of the celebrations held regardless of a ban on public congregation within the wake of the coronavirus public well being disaster.

What’s extra astounding is that well being authorities mentioned {that a} main politician from the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi and a few 11 different individuals who attended the celebration have since examined optimistic, and are present process remedy at completely different hospitals within the state.      

The incident was stored a close-guarded secret, till, that’s, the 2 jewellers.

Sources within the Telangana Health Department mentioned three days after the celebration, a jeweller who was among the many friends developed COVID-19 signs and was admitted to a non-public hospital, the place he examined optimistic. The host too developed coronavirus signs and died final week.

The improvement has since despatched authorities scrambling to trace down the friends and put them beneath surveillance.

Hyderabad has been witnessing a spurt in COVID-19 circumstances: town’s infections at the moment stand at 22,312—about 10,487 of that are energetic. As of Saturday, Greater Hyderabad alone accounted for 1,572 of those circumstances whereas Telangana acquired 1,850 new circumstances.

Telangana Health Minister Etela Rajender mentioned he was dismayed on the drastic rise in COVID-19 circumstances, blaming the rise on folks unwilling to observe precautions. “Families are hosting birthday parties, organising engagement functions, or getting together at homes to celebrate a new birth. Amidst all this it just takes one to become a super spreader, wasting the entire efforts of the government,” he mentioned.

Director of Public Health and Family Welfare, G. Srinivas Rao mentioned lots of those that have turned COVID-19 optimistic after attending the birthday bash have been present process remedy at Gandhi Hospital, Fever Hospital, King Koti Hospital and Chest Hospital— all 4 Hyderabad.

This isn’t first time such an occasion has led to an administrative nightmare—just a day earlier than, a police constable who distributed sweets after the beginning of a son additionally examined optimistic, as did the 12 recipients of the sweets.

Rao mentioned: “These are the super-spreaders due to which the number of positive cases has gone up in Hyderabad. Despite so much publicity, some people just refuse to follow the rules. Birthday parties, family gatherings to celebrate a birth, or youths getting together to welcome a foreign returnee are proving to be hotspots of coronavirus spread. Asymptomatic persons attending huge gatherings like this are spreading the infection”.

Meanwhile, neighbouring Andhra Pradesh too has been seeing a spurt of circumstances, with the state reporting 998 optimistic circumstances immediately. The newest replace takes the cumulative tally of COVID-19 circumstances to 18,697, which embrace circumstances detected amongst returnees from different states and overseas nations.

The state authorities mentioned 10,043 affected individuals are at the moment being handled in hospitals and the state recorded 14 deaths previously 24 hours.


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