From Our Bureau

5TH JUNE 2020

There was a spurt in COVID-19 cases for the 28th consecutive day with 143 fresh cases reported in Telangana on Friday, taking the State’s total to 3,290 confirmed cases. The death toll rose to 113, with eight fresh fatalities reported in the last 24 hours, the highest in a single day. In all, 1,627 patients were discharged after recovery so far and 1,550 active confirmed cases are in the hospitals now, as per latest official status update. 

According to the media bulletin from the Director of Public Health and Family Welfare, as many as 143 fresh cases were reported among locals, taking the sub-total of this group to 2,842.  No fresh cases were reported among the migrants, deportees and foreign evacuees and their sub-total remained at 448. Thus, the total confirmed cases tally included 2,842 locals, 206 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. The new positive cases reported on Friday included 116 in GHMC area, eight in Rangareddy district, five in Mahbubnagar district, three in Warangal district, two each in Khammam, Adilabad, Medchal, Sangareddy and Karimnagar districts and one in Mancherial districts. 

In the past few days, there has been a surge of new cases in GHMC area. It is once again reiterated that all the non-Pharmacological preventive measures have to be implemented strictly. Vigorous Contact tracing, strict quarantine measures (home and government), Risk Assessment, judiciously assessing the area of containment, strict perimeter control have to be taken up. At this juncture, Risk communication plays a major role in behavior change thereby mitigating further spread of infection.

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. There is a surge of positive cases since the past few days. For ensuring safety, the authorities have issued guidelines for strict compliance. Vulnerable Age Groups comprising children below   10 years of age and elderly people aged above 60 years are advised to stay indoors and avoid going outdoors. (eom)

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