The much-awaited dreaded Coronavirus renamed as Covid-19 has, at last, arrived in the city with at least one case tested positive in Gandhi hospital.
According to the Minister for Medical and Health Etela Rajendar, a 24-year-old Hyderabad-based techie working for an IT firm in Bengaluru tested positive last evening and has been in the isolation ward under strict medical care in Gandhi Hospital. He said the techie has arrived from Bengaluru by bus. There were 27 passengers travelled along with him on the bus. “Efforts are on to trace out these 27 people as well so that they and their family members put together over 180 people will be examined for any virus transmission”, he said.
He further revealed that the techie had recently visited Dubai on February 15 and worked with a Singapore team there for 5 days. He had flown to Bengaluru from where he arrived in the city by bus in February 22nd. He first consulted Apollo hospital as an outpatient for fever and other symptoms. After two or three such visits he got admitted on February 27 as an inpatient and was referred to Gandhi hospital the next day after he was tested positive.
However, he said ‘there is no cause for concern. “His condition is stable”, he said adding that his government is taking every possible precaution in this regard. “We will also test all those who had come into contact with the patient in the recent past”, he said.
To a question, he revealed that over 80 people have been ‘tracked’ so far including the Apollo staff who treated him. He is said to be the resident of Mahendra hills near Marredpally.