From Our Bureau
19TH JULY 2020
Telangana witnessed a surge with 1,296 COVID-19 fresh cases reported on Sunday, taking the State’s total to 45,076 confirmed cases. The death toll rose to 415, with six fresh fatalities reported in the last 24 hours. In all, 32,438 patients were discharged after recovery so far, including 1,831 in the last 24 hours.
As on today, 12,224 active confirmed cases are in the hospitals or in home quarantine now, as per the latest official update. The number of discharged patients accounted for 72 percent of the total positive cases in the State. Active cases constituted 27 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 2,65,219 samples were tested in the State cumulatively, including 12,519 in the last 24 hours. Only 10 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 6,630 as on date. Total number of testing laboratories was 39, including 16 government labs and 23 private labs.
All the 1,296 fresh cases were reported among locals, taking the sub-total of this group to 44,627. 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 44,627 locals, 207 migrants from other States, 212 deportees from other countries and 30 foreign evacuees.
COVID positive cases were reported from 30 out of 33 districts on Sunday. The tally included 557 cases in GHMC area, 117 in Warangal Urban district, 111 in Rangareddy district, 87 in Medchal district, 67 in Kamareddy district, 41 in Warangal Rural district, 29 each in Peddapalli and Medak districts, 28 in Sangareddy district, 27 in Karimnagar district, 26 in Nalgonda district, 24 in Nizamabad district, 21 in Mahbubabad district, 19 in Rajanna Siricilla district, 16 in Suryapet district, 15 each in Yadadri Bhongiri and Adilabad district, 13 in Nagarkurnool district, 11 in Jagtiyal district, 10 in Siddipet district, seven in Wanaparthy district, six in Mahbubnagar district, five each in Khammam and Jangaon districts, four in Jogulamba Gadwal district, two in Mulugu district and one each in Nirmal, Mancherial, Asifabad and Vikarabad 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 1,900 beds were occupied and 15,181 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)