From Our Bureau               

9TH JULY 2020                          

Telangana witnessed a surge with 1,410 COVID-19 fresh cases reported on Thursday, taking the State’s total to 30,946 confirmed cases. The death toll increased to 331, with seven fresh fatalities reported in the last 24 hours. In all, 18,192 patients were discharged after recovery so far, including 913 in the last 24 hours. As on today, 12,423 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 1,40,755 samples were tested in the State cumulatively, including 5,954 in the last 24 hours. Of these, 1,09,809 samples tested negative so far, including 4,544 in the last 24 hours.

All the 1,410 fresh cases were reported among locals, taking the sub-total of this group to 30,497. 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 30,497 locals, 207 migrants from other States, 212 deportees from other countries and 30 foreign evacuees.   

COVID positive cases were reported from 28 out of 33 districts on Thursday. The tally included 918 cases in GHMC area, 125 in Rangareddy district, 79 in Sangareddy district, 67 in Medchal district, 34 in Warangal Urban district, 32 in Karimnagar district, 23 in Bhadradri Kothagudem district, 21 in Nalgonda district, 18 in Nizamabad district, 17 in Medak district, 12 in Khammam district, 10 in Suryapet district, eight each in Mahbubnagar and Rajanna Siricilla districts, seven in Warangal Rural district, six in Jayashankar  Bhupalpally district, five each in Mahbubabad and Vikarabad districts, two each in Kamareddy, Yadadri, Jangaon, Wanaparthy and Gadwal districts and one each in Jagityal, Peddapalli, Adilabad, Mulugu and Siddipet 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 9.09 percent. A total of 90.91 percent beds are vacant. Only 1,552 beds were occupied and 15,529 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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