4 Dead, 100 +Ve as Telangana Wedding Turns Into COVID-19 Cluster
The guest limit for weddings in Telangana is only 40, but reports said that over 250 people attended the ceremony.
Authorities in Telangana have said that 100 people tested positive for the COVID-19 in a hamlet in Khammam district, after attending a wedding. Of the 100 people, four have succumbed to the disease, including the bridegroom’s father, according to reports.
While the guest limit for weddings in Telangana as per COVID restrictions is only 40 people, The Times of India reported that over 250 people attended the ceremony.
According to preliminary investigation, several COVID norms were violated at the wedding, like wearing of masks and maintaining physical distance.
Reports suggest that the issue came to the notice of health officials only after one of the attendees showed symptoms and got himself tested. After getting to know about the event, officials were alerted and the testing process began and medical facilities were provided to the infected people in the village, to prevent further spread. The bride and bridegroom also tested positive and are under isolation along with their families.
Despite the COVID-19 norms and lockdown in place in the state, several violations are being reported in Telangana, and people are organising weddings and ceremonies with more than the permitted number of guests.
A similar incident was recently reported in Hanmajipet in Nizamabad district, where about 90 guests tested positive for the coronavirus, out of nearly 400 who attended a wedding.
Meanwhile, there were 3,527 new positive cases registered in Telangana, as per a health bulletin released on Saturday, 29 April.
In the latest 24-hour period, 19 people have succumbed to the disease in the state. The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) area accounted for the most number of cases with 519, followed by Nalgonda (218), and Khammam (215), the bulletin said.
The state has 37,793 active cases and the case fatality and recovery rates in the state were 0.56 percent and 92.81 percent, respectively. Meanwhile, the state government has issued a show-cause notice to as many as 64 hospitals, after it received complaints against them.
(This story was first published on The News Minute and has been republished here with permission.)
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