From Our Bureau                           

14TH JULY 2020

Telangana witnessed a surge with 1,524 COVID-19 fresh cases reported on Tuesday, taking the State’s total to 37,745 confirmed cases. The death toll increased to 375, with 10 fresh fatalities reported in the last 24 hours. In all, 24,840 patients were discharged after recovery so far, including 1,161 in the last 24 hours. As on today, 12,531 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 1,95,024 samples were tested in the State cumulatively, including 13,175 in the last 24 hours.  Of these, 1,57,279 samples tested negative so far, including 11,651 in the last 24 hours.

All the 1,524 fresh cases were reported among locals, taking the sub-total of this group to 37,296. 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 37,296 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 Tuesday. The tally included 815 cases in GHMC area, 240 in Rangareddy district, 97 in Medchal district, 61 in Sangareddy district, 38 in Nalgonda district, 30 in Warangal Urban district, 29 in Karimnagar district, 24 in Medak district, 21 in Vikarabad district, 19 each in Kamareddy and Rajanna Siricilla district, 17 in Nizamabad district, 15 in Suryapet district, 13 in Gadwal district, 12 each in Mancherial and Jayashankar Bhupalpally district, eight each in Bhadradri Kothagudem and Khammam districts, seven each in Mahbubnagar and Adilabad districts, six in Mulugu district, five each in Asifabad and Wanaparthy districts, four each in Jangaon and Siddipet districts, three in Nirmal district, two each in Warangal Rural and Jagityal districts and one in Nagarkurnool district.      

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 10.6 percent and 89.4 percent of the available beds are vacant. Only 1,805 beds were occupied and 15,276 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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