Districts around Hyderabad adding Covid-19 cases rapidly | | Live Newspaper Hyderabad

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HYDERABAD: While Hyderabad remains the epicentre of the second of Covid-19 cases, surrounding districts such as Rangareddy — parts of which fall under GHMC — Medchal-Malkajgiri, and Vikarabad are also adding rapidly to the state’s tally. Trends indicate that while these districts initially did not have as many cases as the GHMC area but have shown a jump in case load during the second wave due to their proximity to the city.
Around 10 to 20 per cent of the state’s daily case load is being reported from these districts. In Medchal, Qutubaullapur,Bala Nagar, ECIL and Boduppal are reporting the most cases while Hayatnagar, BN Reddy Nagar make up most case numbers in Rangareddy district. While the government has declared micro-containment zones in these districts, it has been said that containment activity is minimal at present with no other restrictions in place apart from a night curfew.
Several residents in these districts are frequent commuters into the city due to business and other activities and movement between these areas has also been attributed to the rise in Covid-19 cases. Many of these areas also house gated communities which have become clusters for the virus. Currently, Hyderabad has 47 containment zones followed by Vikarabad with 21, Rangareddy with 15, and Medchal with five.
Interestingly, Vikarabad has fewer cases of Covid-19 as compared to the other two surrounding districts but has more micro-containment zones, indicating a concentration of infection in few areas. With no data on micro-containment zones at present, primary health centre-wise Covid-19 protocols cannot be implemented according to a district health official. “There are many farm houses, villas, and function halls in these districts where large gatherings or even private gatherings can lead to a spurt in cases. People cannot take that risk,” the official said.

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