From Our Bureau                    

2ND JULY 2020

Telangana recorded a big surge with 1,213 COVID-19 fresh cases, the highest ever for a single day, on Thursday, taking the State’s total to 18,570 confirmed cases. The death toll increased to 275, with eight fresh fatalities reported in the last 24 hours. In all, 9,069 patients were discharged after recovery so far, including 987 in the last 24 hours. As on today, 9,226 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 98,153 samples were tested in the State cumulatively, including 5,356 in the last 24 hours. Of these, 79,583 samples tested negative so far, including 4,143 in the last 24 hours.

All the 1,213 fresh cases were reported among locals, taking the sub-total of this group to 18,121. 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 18,121 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 26 out of 33 districts on Thursday. The tally included 998 cases in GHMC area, 54 in Medchal district, 48 in Rangareddy district, 18 in Khammam district, 10 in Warangal Rural district, nine in Warangal Urban district, eight in Nalgonda district, seven each in Sangareddy, Mahbubnagar and Bhadradri-Kothagudem district, six in Rajanna Siricilla district, five each in Karimnagar, Mahbubabad and Nizamabad districts, four each in Suryapet, Mulugu, Jagityal and Nirmal districts, two each in Kamareddy and Narayanpet districts and one each in Gadwal, Siddipet, Medak, Yadadri, Nagarkurnool and Vikarabad 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. (eom)

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