Congress senior leader and TPCC Treasurer Gudur Narayana Reddy has tested positive for Covid-19. Narayana Reddy confirmed the news on Wednesday and informed that he was admitted in a corporate hospital for treatment. “I underwent a test after noticing early symptoms of loss of taste and smell. Unfortunately, the Covid-19 test result came positive. I’m admitted to a private hospital for treatment. I’m told by my doctors that there was no nothing to worry as detection of disease in the early stage can be easily cured without any complications. I appeal to all my well wishers to pray for the speedy recovery of all Coronavirus patients,” he said in a statement from the hospital.
“The State Government has been denying community transmission in Telangana. But my case clearly shows that the authorities were wrong. I don’t have any recent travel history nor did I come in touch with any Covid-19 patient or their close contacts. The State Government should admit of community transmission as it will make people stay more alert and prevent further spread of Coronavirus,” he said.
Reddy was the first politician to question the State Government for not permitting the ICMR approved private labs to conduct Covid-19 tests. Incidentally, he underwent a test in a private hospital on the next day after private labs were granted permission to conduct tests. “Coronavirus cases can be traced only through massive testing which will help in early treatment. But the KCR Government waited for the condition of Covid-19 patients to deteriorate and develop visible symptoms to conduct tests. Several lives could’ve been saved if Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao would’ve permitted private labs two-and-a-half months ago to begin testing Covid-19 suspects,” he said.
The Congress leader appealed to his followers, friends, relatives and well-wishers to pray for his speedy recovery. Stating that he was in perfect health, except for some early symptoms, he expressed confidence that he would be discharged from the hospital soon and resume serving the people.