From Our Bureau
27TH JUNE 2020
Telangana recorded 1,087 COVID-19 fresh cases on Saturday, the highest ever for a single day, taking the State’s total to 13,436 confirmed cases. The death toll increased to 243, with six fresh fatalities reported in the last 24 hours. In all, 4,928 patients were discharged after recovery so far, including 162 in the last 24 hours. As on today, 8,265 active confirmed cases are in the hospitals now, as per the latest official update.
According to the Director of Public Health and Family Welfare, as many as 79,231 samples were tested in the State cumulatively, including 3,923 in the last 24 hours. However, 65,795 samples tested negative so far, including 2,836 in the last 24 hours.
All the 1,087 fresh cases were reported among locals, taking the sub-total of this group to 12,987. No fresh case was reported among the migrants, deportees and foreign evacuees and their sub-total remained at 449. Thus, the total confirmed cases tally included 12,987 locals, 207 migrants from other States, 212 deportees from other countries and 30 foreign evacuees.
The Director PH& FW said that 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.
COVID positive cases were reported from 19 out of 33 districts on Saturday. The tally included 888 cases in GHMC area, 74 in Rangareddy district, 37 in Medchal district, 35 in Nalgonda district, 11 in Sangareddy district, seven in Warangal Urban district, five each in Kamareddy, Karimnagar and Mahbubnagar district, four each in Nagarkurnool and Jangaon districts, three in Sircilla district, two each in Siddipet and Bhadradri-Kothagudem district and one each in Asifabad, Khammam, Wanaparthy, Mahbubabad and Mancherial districts.
It is observed that there is a surge of cases in most of the districts across the State. In view of the surge, the public is requested to be alert and self-vigilant for any signs and symptoms of Influenza Like Illness (ILI) OR Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (SARI).
The lockdown has been relaxed since the 16th May 2020. It is being observed that there is a lot of mobility and movement of people from all walks of life and of all age groups. People are travelling across the state and some of them are not following the basic preventive measures like wearing a mask, maintaining safe physical distancing and avoiding overcrowding. There has been a surge in the cases since relaxation of lockdown.
UPDATE ON PRIVATE LABS
As per the expert committee report on private labs, it was observed that certain labs are not following the standard operating procedures (SOPs). There have been discrepancies in data pertaining to the number of tests conducted, positives reported and portal updation. The quality of testing has also been compromised. Certain labs are reporting close to 70 percent positivity rate which clearly denotes huge errors in the testing methodology.
The expert committee has examined and scrutinized all parameters in the concerned Labs in a very elaborate and robust manner. The said Lab authorities have been directed to rectify all gaps within a period of 48 hours failing which their operations would be suspended. (eom)