From Our Bureau                                                                                                                           

13TH JULY 2020    

Telangana witnessed a surge with 1,550 COVID-19 fresh cases reported on Monday, taking the State’s total to 36,221 confirmed cases. The death toll increased to 365, with nine fresh fatalities reported in the last 24 hours. In all, 23,679 patients were discharged after recovery so far, including 1,197 in the last 24 hours. As on today, 12,178 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 1,81,849 samples were tested in the State cumulatively, including 11,525 in the last 24 hours.  Of these, 1,45,628 samples tested negative so far, including 9,975 in the last 24 hours.

All the 1,550 fresh cases were reported among locals, taking the sub-total of this group to 35,772. 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 35,772 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 Monday. The tally included 926 cases in GHMC area, 212 in Rangareddy district, 86 in Karimnagar district, 53 in Medchal district, 41 in Nalgonda district, 38 in Khammam district, 33 in Kamareddy district, 19 in Sangareddy district, 16 in Warangal Urban district, 13 each in Mahbubabad and Mahbubnagar districts, 10 each in Bhadradri Kothagudem, Siddipet, Suryapet and Jangaon districts, eight each in Warangal Rural and Nizamabad districts, seven in Rajanna Siricilla district, six each in Peddapalli, Medak and Jayashankar Bhupalpally districts, five each in Yadadri and Gadwal districts, three in Vikarabad district, two in Nagarkurnool district and one each in Nirmal, Mancherial, Adilabad and Wanaparthy 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 10.8 percent and 89.2 percent of the available beds are vacant. Only 1,844 beds were occupied and 15,237 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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