From Our Bureau
14th April 2020
Fifty-two fresh cases of COVID-19 were reported in Telangana on Tuesday, taking the State’s total to 644 confirmed cases. The death toll rose to 18, with one person succumbing to the virus today. 103 patients were discharged after recovery and 472 active confirmed cases were in the hospitals.
According to a media bulletin from the Director of Public Health and Family Welfare, in view of COVID-19 global pandemic, the State of Telangana has strengthened surveillance, contact tracing and containment measures against the possible spread of disease.
Majority of the cases are in Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation areas. Hyderabad district is high focus area. Robust containment is being initiated in GHMC areas. A special strategy is being adopted to contain spread of infection in GHMC areas. In line with 30 GHMC circles, senior officers (doctors) are being identified and vested with the powers of District Medical and Health Officer (DMHO) so as to ensure prompt and immediate action. In as many as 25 out of 33 districts in the State, containment is done in 221 clusters.
Till date, there is no evidence of community transmission in Telangana. Seven Diagnostic labs are functional 24/7 to meet the Diagnostic demand. The family contacts and secondary contacts of Markaz, Delhi are being traced, tracked, tested and treated for COVID-19.
Meanwhile, Minister for Municipal Administration Minister K T Rama Rao and Health Minister Eatala Rajender reviewed strategies to be implemented in Containment zones. They instructed the officials to act tough on those who bypass the lockdown in containment zones.
They chaired a high-level meeting with Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar, DGP Mahender Reddy, MA&UD Principal Secretary Arvind Kumar, Spl. Chief Secretary, Health, Shanti Kumari, HoDs of MA&UD, Health and Police departments and discussed the action plan and precautionary measures to be taken to control the spread of Corona virus in Hyderabad city.
KTR appealed to the citizens to strictly follow the lockdown rules and said that social distancing is the only way one can keep the Corona virus away. He instructed the officials to close all the entries to the containment zones and leave only one route open, under police surveillance.
He asked the officials to make necessary arrangements to send essential goods to the citizens directly at their doorstep. He urged the Police, GHMC, and Health Department officials to work in coordination and check the health conditions of every person. He asked them to shift the suspect persons to the hospital for Corona test and also check their travel history if they test positive.
Health Minister Eatala Rajender said that the coming 10 days would be very crucial and appealed to the citizens not to venture out of their homes. He stated that all the medical arrangements are in place and asked the police and medical teams to immediately move those persons to the hospital who show any symptoms of Corona virus in the containment zone. He also instructed them to increase the availability of ambulances if necessary.
In the meeting, Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar stated that special teams consisting of police, medical and municipal officials are functioning 24/7 in GHMC limits. He said that the officials will shift those who show symptoms of the virus to hospitals, create awareness among the citizens, and if needed, provide essential goods to the citizens in the containment zone. (eom)