Returning Migrants would result in a spike in Corona Cases in Telangana

May 16, 2020 02:21 PM

The trends are worrisome and there’d been a consistent rise in the cases from 2nd of March. In the beginning, it was the foreigners then the Tablighi Jamaat returnees from Delhi caused an increase in cases. Currently, the migrants returning to the state would certainly result in a spike in Covid-19 cases. Almost 35 positive cases are reported among the migrants. This would increase the surveillance to abate the transmission of the virus.

Last month the Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao and Health Minister Eatala Rajender gave an assurance that there would be a considerable reduction in the number of cases by 8th of May. They were confident with the consistent decline and the number of recoveries was certainly encouraging. But the sudden increase in the cases dented the chances.

According to the official's post lockdown, people reached the state by various mode of transport such as buses and trains. There was also aircraft arranged for stranded people in other countries. The major challenges as of now are the maximum numbers of migrants coming from Maharashtra. Maharashtra has the highest number of infected cases in the country – almost 26,000 infected and 975 deaths. The Chief Minister had informed the health department to be vigilant after the lockdown.

Health Minister Eatala Rajender had explicitly mentioned that there will be a rise in the number of cases because of the migrants.

Many steps are taken to curb the increase in the number of cases. Foreign returnees are quarantined in a hotel for 14 days. Those who returned by train are undergoing screening and all the asymptomatic are quarantines at home or Government facilities. The symptomatic are separated from the other people for further evaluation. Those who are entering through road are screened at entry point by health care professionals.

Almost 1000 health workers and 275 health teams are mobilized around the border district. There are nearly 87 check posts. The tally of Covid-19 cases almost increased rapidly in the last couple of days. Nearly 41 new infected cases were reported. Majority of the positive cases were migrants.

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