The victim, a technician at a local cable television network, was undergoing treatment for tuberculosis. The test result came positive for Covid-19 after he passed away at the ID Hospital.
The patient has had no contacts with foreign returnees. Till now, there had been no Covid-19 cases in Narasaraopet.
Local legislator Dr Gopireddy Srinivasa Reddy, revenue divisional officer (RDO) Venkateswaralu along with municipal and police officials inspected the area and cordoned off the neighbouring colonies. The areas adjacent to Varavakatta including Ramireddipeta were declared as red zones. The locals were directed not to venture out until further instructions.
According to information, the victim approached Government General Hospital (GGH), Guntur, citing breathing trouble 10 days ago. He was shifted to the ID hospital for Covid-19 treatment. The district administration has put all the staff who treated the patient at ID hospital on quarantine.
Meanwhile, the officials are trying to find out how the victim contracted Covid-19 and from whom. He had not left the town in the last one month.
“He used to collect cable television dues from local customers. Since he was a TB patient, he might have become easy prey to Covid-19 from one of his asymptomatic customers,” said a senior health official.
The patient had no contacts with foreign returnees. The family members and primary contacts are under home quarantine. Till now, there had been no cases in Narasaraopet.