Guntur: Several YSRC leaders, including a legislator from Guntur city, have quarantined themselves after a senior party leader recently tested positive for Covid-19.
The legislator has reportedly moved into a private hotel, which was turned into a quarantine facility. He is the second legislator from the ruling party from the district to self quarantine. The first legislator spent nearly a month at home during the initial days of the outbreak after his relative tested positive.
Meanwhile, the YSRC leader who tested positive had been actively participating in Covid-relief operations initiated by the party for the past three months. While he had been frequently meeting senior leaders, scores of party activists had been accompanying him on his field visits.
Sources said the ruling party leader had reportedly refused to get admitted to the NRI hospital despite being repeatedly advised to do so by senior medical officers after his test reports came in positive. He is reported to have entered into a heated argument with the medical team, which visited his house to shift him to hospital on June 28.
The ruling party leader, however, was allowed to stay in home quarantine after the intervention of a cabinet minister.
Soon after allowing home isolation for the YSRC leader, the state government relaxed guidelines for positive patients with mild symptoms. Such patients will be continuously monitored by the health department with the help of a mobile app.
Meanwhile, two more PG medical students at Government General Hospital (GGH) tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday. As a precaution, GGH administration sent swab samples of professors and other faculty at GGH for testing. Sources said this is the third round of testing for faculty at GGH in the last three months as the administration does not want to take chances with the health of its staff.
The legislator is the second ruling party MLA from the district to self quarantine. The first spent a month at home after his relative tested positive