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The Curious case Andhra’s super spreader

In what can be termed a community transmission at massive scale, a small village in the coastal belt of Andhra Pradesh has recorded as many as 116 coronavirus cases due to a super-spreader who worked both as a photographer and at a local hotel.
 
Authorities in East Godavari have began probing into the case of Gollala Mamidada village near the port city of Kakinada where 116 confirmed cases have come to light till Wednesday, with more people still being tested.
 
The District Collector said that these 116 people were among 150 people who were infected either directly or indirectly by the super-spreader since May 7 in the village and other nearby villages. “We are yet to trace the source from where the person was infected”, he said.
What is tragic in this case is the super-spread who is a 53-year-old photographer and hotel employee died before his test returned positive. As more and more of his primary and secondary contacts, including his son, have tested positive, authorities have swung into action declaring the village and surrounding area a “red zone”. They have also set up a control room in the village which has a population of 15,000.
 
The photographer, who was admitted to the Government General Hospital in Kakinada on May 20, died of complications on the same day. Officials realised the gravity of the situation only after his test result came back as positive days after his death.
 
Officials said that the man became a super-spreader as he used to travel a lot in the surrounding villages to attend different programmes as a photographer and had even attended a mask distribution programme held by a local organisation. Moreover, he came in contact with a large number of people as an employee of a hotel in the area.
 
So far, of the 3,571 people who have been tested in Gollala Mamidada village alone, 116 were found positive. The East Godavari district has so far recorded 300 positive cases of Coronavirus, officials said.
 
What this case indicates is that as lockdown relaxations have been announced, more and more public gatherings or events where crowd gathering is taking place, have become the new virus outbreak zones. Unfortunately, all these events or functions held secretly are causing a spurt in cases even in rural areas. 
 
It is time for people to understand the seriousness of the lockdown and social distancing measures and adhere to them before putting their health as well as that of others at risk. 
 

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