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Scribe dies of Covid, Telangana witnesses sharp rise in cases

Our Bureau Hyderabad | Updated on June 07, 2020

Manoj Kumar, a 34-year-old journalist with a Telugu channel, succumbed to Covid-19 on Sunday even as the State witnessed a sharp rise in positive cases in the last two weeks.

On Saturday alone, the State reported 206 positive cases, the highest on a single day so far, and 10 deaths. This takes the total number of cases to 3,496 and deaths to 123.

Sources in the Health Department say Manoj Kumar was suffering from myasthenia gravis, a co-morbidity that affects muscles, which made it difficult for him to fight the viral infection.

Journalists unions and Health Minister Eatala Rajender offered their condolences to Kumar’s family.

The number of Covid-19 positive cases have doubled and the number of deaths tripled after the State and Central governments started relaxing the lockdown. About 40 doctors in the Osmania and Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS) were tested positive, triggering fear among the medical fraternity.

With the numbers rising and the designated Gandhi Hospital brimming with Covid-19 patients, the State Government has decided to allot a few wards in NIMS for treating Covid-19 patients.

Eatala Rajender has asked people to be more careful as further relaxations are on the cards.

Published on June 07, 2020

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