From Our Bureau               

11TH JULY 2020    

Telangana witnessed a surge with 1,178 COVID-19 fresh cases reported on Saturday, taking the State’s total to 33,402 confirmed cases. The death toll increased to 348, with nine fresh fatalities reported in the last 24 hours. In all, 20,919 patients were discharged after recovery so far, including 1,714 in the last 24 hours. As on today, 12,135 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 1,62,171 samples were tested in the State cumulatively, including 11,062 in the last 24 hours, the highest for a single day. Of these, 1,28,769 samples tested negative so far, including 9,884 in the last 24 hours.

All the 1,178 fresh cases were reported among locals, taking the sub-total of this group to 32,953. 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 32,953 locals, 207 migrants from other States, 212 deportees from other countries and 30 foreign evacuees. 

COVID positive cases were reported from 27 out of 33 districts on Saturday. The tally included 736 cases in GHMC area, 125 in Rangareddy district, 101 in Medchal district, 24 each in Karimnagar and Rajanna Siricilla districts, 20 in Warangal Urban district, 16 in Medak district, 13 in Sangareddy district, 12 each in Peddapalli, Mahbubnagar, Nalgonda and Nizamabad districts, nine each in Yadadri, Vikarabad and Siddipet districts, eight in Adilabad district, seven in Suryapet district, six in Gadwal district, five each in Mancherial and Narayanpet districts, two each in Khammam, Warangal Rural, Nirmal, Jagityal, Jangaon and Wanaparthy and one in Asifabad district.    

As on today, the Government hospitals have established a capacity of 17,081 COVID beds, of which 11,928 are isolations beds, 3,537 are oxygen beds, 1,145 are ICUs beds and 471 are ventilator beds. As on today, the bed occupancy is 10.7 percent. A total of 89.3 percent beds are vacant. Only 1,831 beds were occupied and 15,250 beds were vacant.

The Gandhi Hospital, Secunderabad, is identified as the “Centre of Excellence for COVID Care,” where serious cases are admitted. The other major hospitals in Hyderabad where suspects and moderately symptomatic cases are admitted are District Hospital King Koti, Government Chest Hospital, Sir Ronald Ross Institute of Tropical Medicine (Fever Hospital).

The asymptomatic and mildly symptomatic patients requesting for institutional quarantine are admitted in Nature Cure Hospital, Govt. Nizamia Hospital, Govt. Ayurveda Hospital and Govt. Homeopathy Hospital.

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. (eom)

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