Ballari: Hosapete town in Ballari district of Karnataka gasped in disbelief as it turned out that 11 members of one single family are positive for the coronavirus.
The whole town has been declared a containment zone and is being surveilled 24X7.
The family includes seven members whose tests returned positive today, three who tested Covid-19 positive on March 30 and one other member subsequently.
The seven who tested positive today had been negative when they were earlier tested along with the others.
They have all now been shifted to isolation wards at the District Hospital in Ballari.
Including this family of 11, Ballari has 13 positive cases so far, with one case each reported from Ballari and Siraguppa towns.
Startled by this sudden upsurge from Hosapete, the district administration has set up 16 fever clinics to screen people and six COVID care centres to treat positive cases. There are two dedicated COVID hospitals, one at Ballari and another at Torangallu in Sandur.
A team of psychological counsellors have been put on duty to provide support to the patients at the isolation centres....