As many as 48 persons working at Telangana Raj Bhavan tested COVID-19 positive, stated a press statement from the Raj Bhavan on Sunday. This includes 28 police personnel, 10 Raj Bhavan staff and 10 of their family members. The Telangana governor Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan tested negative in the antigen test carried out on all Raj Bhavan staff.
The Raj Bhavan in a press statement stated that the Health Department carried out a total of 395 antigen tests for COVID-19 at the Raj Bhavan of which 48 persons tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease and 347 tested negative.
According to the press release, a few police personnel testing positive with the Special Police Battalion a few days ago, in RT PCR testing is what prompted the tests at Raj Bhavan. The tests for staff and police were initiated by the Director of Public Health upon the Telangana governor's request.
The 10 Raj Bhavan staff and their family members who tested positive have been admitted at the Government Ayurveda Hospital SR Nagar for treatment.
Governor Tamilisai who volunteered for the test tested negative.
I got tested today for #COVID__19 and negative I appeal people who are in Red zones or with Contact history kindly get it done at the earliest. Early diagnosis not only to protect us but also others.Don't hesitate! Test yourself Motivate others! Follow 4Ts TEST TRACE TREAT TEACHâ€” Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan (@DrTamilisaiGuv) July 12, 2020
The Governor appealed to the people in red zones or with the contact history to get themselves tested at the earliest to contain further spread. She further said that early diagnosis not only protects us but also protects others and urged that one should not hesitate from getting tested and should motivate others to follow 4Ts-Test, Trace,Treat and Teach, read the Raj Bhavan release.
On July 6 the Telangana Governor's Twitter was flooded with several complaints about heavy hospital bills and poor testing in the state. The Governor through her Twitter handle interacted with several of her followers and eventually through a tweet asked the Telangana Chief Secretary and Health secretary for a meeting at the Raj Bhavan. The Governor also asked for a meeting with heads of private and corporate hospitals in the state, through a tweet.
While the meeting with hospital representatives was held over video conferencing, the supposed meeting with both the officials did not take place. The officials declined to appear citing prior engagements.