From Our Bureau                           

17TH JULY 2020

Telangana witnessed a surge with 1,478 COVID-19 fresh cases reported on Friday, taking the State’s total to 42,496 confirmed cases. The death toll rose to 403, with seven fresh fatalities reported in the last 24 hours. In all, 28,705 patients were discharged after recovery so far, including 1,410 in the last 24 hours. As on today, 13,389 active confirmed cases are in the hospitals now, as per the latest official update. The number of discharged patients accounted for 68 percent of the total positive cases in the State. 

According to the Director of Public Health and Family Welfare, as many as 2,37,817 samples were tested in the State cumulatively, including 15,124 in the last 24 hours.  Of these, 18 percent of the samples tested positive. The tests per million population worked out to 4,945 as on date. Total number of testing laboratories increased to 39, including 16 government labs and 23 private labs.   

All the 1,478 fresh cases were reported among locals, taking the sub-total of this group to 42,047. 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 42,047 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 Friday. The tally included 806 cases in GHMC area, 91 in Rangareddy district, 82 in Medchal district, 77 in Karimnagar district, 51 in Warangal Urban district, 35 each in Peddapalli and

Nalgonda districts, 31 in Kamareddy district, 27 in Rajanna Siricilla district, 23 each in Nagarkurnool and Medak districts, 20 each in Sangareddy and Suryapet districts, 19 in Mahbubnagar district, 18 in Khammam district, 17 in Vikarabad district, 15 in Mancherial district, 14 in Narayanpet district, 11 each in Yadadri Bhongiri, Mahabubabad, Nizamabad and Asifabad districts, 10 in Jangaon district, eight in Siddipet district, four in Jagityal district, two each in Jayashankar Bhupalpally, Wanaparthy and Jogulamba Gadwal districts and one each in Bhadradri Kothagudem and Mulugu 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 10.5 percent and 89.5 percent of the available beds are vacant. Only 1,793 beds were occupied and 15,288 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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