From Our Bureau                           

18TH JULY 2020

Telangana witnessed a surge with 1,284 COVID-19 fresh cases reported on Saturday, taking the State’s total to 43,780 confirmed cases. The death toll rose to 409, with six fresh fatalities reported in the last 24 hours. In all, 30,607 patients were discharged after recovery so far, including 1,902 in the last 24 hours. As on today, 12,765 active confirmed cases are in the hospitals now, as per the latest official update. The number of discharged patients accounted for 70 percent of the total positive cases in the State. Active cases constituted 29 percent of the total positive cases. Fatalities accounted for less than one percent of the total positive cases.

According to the Director of Public Health and Family Welfare, as many as 2,52,700 samples were tested in the State cumulatively, including 14,883 in the last 24 hours.  Only 8.6 percent of the samples tested positive in the last 24 hours. Cumulative sample positivity rate was 17 percent. The tests per million population worked out to 4,945 as on date. Total number of testing laboratories was 39, including 16 government labs and 23 private labs.   

All the 1,284 fresh cases were reported among locals, taking the sub-total of this group to 43,331. 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 43,331 locals, 207 migrants from other States, 212 deportees from other countries and 30 foreign evacuees. 

COVID positive cases were reported from 29 out of 33 districts on Saturday. The tally included 667 cases in GHMC area, 86 in Sangareddy district, 68 in Rangareddy district, 62 in Medchal district, 58 in Karimnagar district, 46 in Nalgonda district, 37 in Warangal Urban district, 35 in Vikarabad district, 26 in Nizamabad district, 24 in Wanaparthy district, 23 in Suryapet district, 22 in Siddipet district, 19 in Mancherial district, 16 in Mahbubnagar district, 15 in Medak district, 14 each in Peddapalli and Jogulamba Gadwal districts, 10 each in Khammam and Yadadri Bhongiri districts, eight in Adilabad district, six in Jangaon district, five in Warangal Rural district, four in Jayashankar Bhupalpally district, two each in Kamareddy, Rajanna Siricilla and Asifabad districts, one each in Nirmal, Jagityal and Nagarkurnool districts.  

As on today, 61 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 11.2 percent and 88.8 percent of the available beds are vacant. Only 1,912 beds were occupied and 15,169 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 and 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.

Patients with moderate to severe symptoms, with COVID positive report are advised to go to Gandhi Hospital where the Government has made elaborate arrangements for treatment and management. Patients with symptoms but not yet confirmed and requiring COVID-19 testing should go to District Hospital, King Koti, Fever Hospital and Chest Hospital.

The Government has made elaborate arrangements for treating COVID-19 patients. Sufficient beds are available in Government hospitals. Based on the clinical requirements, beds are provided and treatment is given free of cost in Government hospitals. Sufficient quantities of personal protection equipment (PPE) and medicines are available in these hospitals.

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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