Top Hyderabad jeweller dies of Covid-19 after throwing lavish birthday party

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A Hyderabad jeweller died of COVID-19 on Saturday, sparking panic among the people who attended his lavish birthday bash which was held with around 100 guests.The jeweller—who owned a high-end store in Himayatnagar area—invited several members of the jeweller association.

According to media reports, another owner of a top jewellery chain also attended the bash and died of the deadly disease.

Officials believe that he contracted COVID-19 from the host of the party.

As soon as the news broke out, on Saturday, the panic attendees rushed to get themselves tested at private labs.

Meanwhile, More than 6,000 COVID-19 patients are presently being treated in home isolation in Telangana and the state government is ramping up testing and the facilities to deal with the pandemic, a senior Health official said on Saturday.

“After Delhi, the highest number of positive cases in home isolation are in Telangana. While 12,000 cases have been kept in home isolation for the last one month, at present 6,552 cases are in home isolation,” state Director of Public Health G Srinivasa Rao told reporters here.

Those in-home isolation are guided telemedicine, video-counselling.

The total number of COVID-19 cases reported in Telangana as on Saturday stood at 20,462.

More than 90 per cent of the 280 deaths reported so far were due to co-morbid conditions and among older people, he said.