Hyderabad: The number of coronavirus (Covid-19) cases in Telangana continued to shoot up, as 40 people were found to be infected with the virus on Tuesday, taking the total to 404 in the state.
Eleven positive cases were reported in the neighbouring state of Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday, with the state’s tally now at 314.
The Hyderabad police also booked six Malaysian nationals under various acts for not reporting on their whereabouts (and for quarantine), and were instead found hiding in a mosque.
In Telangana, so far, out of the total 404 people who have been infected with Covid-19, 348 people are currently undergoing treatment, while 45 people have been discharged (after recovery) and 11 others have died due to the virus.
In AP, out of the total 314 Covid-19 positive people, four have died so far and six patients have been discharged after they recovered. Most of the cases in both the Telugu states are linked to people who attended (and their primary contacts) the religious congregation organized by the Tablighi Jamat at the Markaz Nizamuddin in New Deli in March.
A day earlier on 6 April, Telangana chief minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR) appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to extend the lockdown, imposed across the country, by another one or two weeks this month to contain the spread of Covid-19. KCR stated that this was the only solution to curb the virus’ spread in the state, and added that all the tests on those who attended the congregation at the Markaz Nizamuddin will be done by Thursday.
In both AP and Telangana, the police and health department officials traced at least over 1,500 people who had attended the religious congregation and their contacts as well over the last few weeks. Both state governments have asked the attendees to come forward and report themselves to government officials so that in case they are infected, the virus does not infect others through them.
Meanwhile in Hyderabad, a case was registered against six Malaysian nationals by the Banjara Hills police for not reporting themselves to the police and instead hiding at a mosque in the Toli Chowki area. A case was registered by the Banjara Hills police against six nationals of Malaysia under Sections of the Disaster Management Act, Epidemic Diseases Act, Foreigners Act and Indian Penal Code against them.
The six foreign nationals had come to the city in March on a tourist visa and the group along with others had gone to attend the congregation at Nizamuddin Markaz in Delhi, after which they returned to Hyderabad. An official from the Banjara Hills police station, who did not want to be quoted, said that the accused had also violated visa rules.