In the last few months, Telangana has witnessed a relatively calm period in terms of new Covid cases. The virulence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus might have weakened a bit. However, a recent update about the positive cases proves that it has continued to circulate within Telangana.
33 persons in the Rekurthi village of Karimnagar district tested positive after they attended the funeral of a cancer patient. Officials confirmed that Covid-19 guidelines such as social distancing and wearing masks were not followed at the funeral.
Worried officials swung into action and sent all those who attended the funeral into home quarantine. They also are arranging to test all 1,600 residents of Rekurthi. The authorities found out about these cases after a villager approached local health officials complaining about the loss of smell and taste and tracked down others.
Telangana has been recording less than 200 cases for the past fortnight. Officials are hoping that the surge in Rekurthi is a one-off incident and not the beginning of a new wave. District medical and health officer Dr G Sujatha said the cancer patient had died on February 9 and over 150 people belonging to five families had attended the funeral.
Karimnagar had hit the national headlines in March last year when eight Indonesians camped in the district had tested positive for the virus. Karimnagar was made the first containment zone in the entire state at the time.