From Our Bureau               

10TH JULY 2020    

Telangana witnessed a surge with 1,278 COVID-19 fresh cases reported on Friday, taking the State’s total to 32,224 confirmed cases. The death toll increased to 339, with eight fresh fatalities reported in the last 24 hours. In all, 19,205 patients were discharged after recovery so far, including 1,013 in the last 24 hours. As on today, 12,680 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 1,51,109 samples were tested in the State cumulatively, including 10,354 in the last 24 hours, the highest for a single day. Of these, 1,18,885 samples tested negative so far, including 9,076 in the last 24 hours.

All the 1,278 fresh cases were reported among locals, taking the sub-total of this group to 31,775. 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 31,775 locals, 207 migrants from other States, 212 deportees from other countries and 30 foreign evacuees. 

The number of recovered patients rose to 19,205, accounting for 60 percent of the confirmed COVID-19 cases in the State. The number of active patients at 12,680 accounts for 39 percent of all positive cases. The death toll of 339 works out to one percent of all positive cases. As many as 10,518 active cases (83 percent of total active cases) are either asymptomatic or mild cases. Another 1,701 active cases (13 percent) have moderate symptoms and only 461 active cases (4 percent) have severe symptoms.  

COVID positive cases were reported from 27 out of 33 districts on Friday. The tally included 762 cases in GHMC area, 171 in Rangareddy district, 85 in Medchal district, 36 in Sangareddy district, 32 in Nalgonda district, 23 in Kamareddy, 22 in Medak district, 18 in Khammam district, 17 in Mancherial district, 14 each in Mahbubnagar, Adilabad and Suryapet districts, nine each in Karimnagar and Narayanpet districts, eight each in Warangal Rural and Nizamabad districts, seven in Rajanna Siricilla district, six each in Mahbubabad and Peddappalli districts, five in Warangal Urban district, four in Siddipet district, three in Jangaon district and one each in Nirmal, Yadadri, Asifabad, Wanaparthy and Gadwal districts.

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 9.47 percent. A total of 90.53 percent beds are vacant. Only 1,618 beds were occupied and 15,463 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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