The owner of a top jewellery store in Hyderabad died of coronavirus on Saturday after he had thrown a big birthday party attended by at least 100 people, the Indian Express reported.
One of the attendees was the owner of another leading jewellery chain who died of Covid-19 on Saturday as well. Officials suspect he was infected by the party host.
At least 100 members of the jewellers' association also attended the party and now they are rushing to get tested for coronavirus at private laboratories. Health officials have also started the contact tracing procedure for the party attendees.
Two days after the party, the host developed symptoms of coronavirus infection, following which he was admitted to a private hospital.
Director of Public Health G Srinivas Rao said these people were super-spreaders because of whom the number Covid-positive cases has gone up in Hyderabad. "Birthday parties, family gatherings to celebrate a birth, or youths getting together to welcome a foreign returnee are proving to be hotspots of coronavirus spread. Asymptomatic persons attending huge gatherings like this are spreading the infection,” he told the Indian Express.
Health Minister Etela Rajender said, “There is a drastic rise in coronavirus cases in Hyderabad because people are refusing to follow basic rules."