As of Friday, 29,127 people were on treatment and in isolation statewide.
The most common reason for seeking isolation centers away from home is the limited number of rooms and shared toilets in many homes. “I have a relative who is pregnant and lives with her family of four in a two-bedroom apartment with only one shared bathroom. One of the family members tested positive and it was not possible for her to to stay in the same house with only one bathroom,” said Dinesh Rochiramani, who works as a distributor. With few options for isolation facilities around their home, the family continued to stay together and follow all security protocols within the house.
Many more who test positive are leaving their homes and heading to private isolation centers to keep the elderly and children safe. “I was living with a cousin of mine who lives with his parents and has an eight-year-old son. After testing positive, I didn’t want to put the family at risk and decided to self-isolate in a facility in Kondapur,” said Vinay Rao, who works as a graphic designer.
Volunteers say they receive many inquiries from people seeking isolation services. Unlike the second wave where independent centers had proliferated across the city, this time very few facilities are available.
“In recent days there has been an increase in the number of people seeking self-contained isolation facilities. Some of these facilities are available in areas such as Kondapur, Bachupally and Kompally. However, they charge between Rs 2,300 and Rs 3,000 per day. People want more government-run isolation centers,” said Sai Charan Chikkulla, chief executive of a pharmaceutical company, who started volunteering to help people cope with Covid-related challenges during the pandemic. second wave.