A Telangana man who was found to be positive for the coronavirus had recently traveled from Dubai to Bengaluru and then to Hyderabad. He also worked out of his office in Bengaluru for three days.
Speaking to the media on Monday evening, Telangana Health Minister Etela Rajendra gave details of the infected individual’s recent travel history and stated that ‘contact tracing’ had been taken up to identify others the man may have come in contact with.
“He arrived in Bengaluru from Dubai on February 19, three days later he reached Hyderabad via bus on February 22. The man developed a fever shortly after this, following which he was taken to Apollo Hospital in Hyderabad for treatment. He was brought to Gandhi hospital in Hyderabad yesterday at around 5 pm in the evening where he was tested for the virus, which returned positive,” stated the health minister.
The man who works in the IT sector is suspected to have gotten the infection while working with people from Hong Kong while in Dubai.
The man is currently admitted in an isolation ward, on the seventh floor of Gandhi Hospital which has been emptied and set-up for this purpose. He lives in a joint family in Mahendra Hills.
The minister also said that the government has identified around 80 people who were in contact with the techie. These include his fellow bus passengers, family, doctors and staff of Apollo Hospital. All of them will be placed under watch for symptoms of coronavirus.
Earlier, three students had tested positive in Kerala; all were discharged after treatment.
Covid-19 first originated in China and has since spread to more than 65 countries. According to a tally by news agency Reuters, there have been over 89,000 cases of the virus globally, the majority in China. The illness has killed more than 3,000 people as of Monday. Caused by a ‘novel’ form of coronavirus, there is no vaccine or treatment of Covid-19 yet.