From Our Bureau                           

23RD JULY 2020

Telangana witnessed a surge with 1,567 COVID-19 fresh cases reported on Thursday, taking the State’s total to 50,826 confirmed cases. The death toll rose to 447, with nine fresh fatalities reported in the last 24 hours. In all, 39,327 patients recovered so far, including 1,661 in the last 24 hours.

As on today, 11,052 active confirmed cases are in the hospitals or in home quarantine, as per the latest official update. The number of recovered patients accounted for 77.4 percent of the total positive cases in the State.  Active cases constituted 21.7 percent of the total positive cases. Fatalities accounted for 0.90 percent of the total positive cases.

According to the Director of Public Health and Family Welfare, as many as 3,22,326 samples were tested in the State cumulatively, including 13,367 in the last 24 hours.  Only 11.7 percent of the samples tested positive in the last 24 hours. Cumulative sample positivity rate was 15.8 percent. The tests per million population worked out to 8,058 as on date. Total number of testing laboratories was 39, including 16 government labs and 23 private labs.   

COVID positive cases were reported from 31 out of 33 districts on Thursday. The tally included 662 cases in GHMC area, 213 in Rangareddy district, 75 in Warangal Urban district, 62 in Rajanna Siricilla district, 61 in Mahbubnagar district, 51 in Nagarkurnool district, 44 in Nalgonda district, 39 in Suryapet district, 38 each in Karimnagar and Nizamabad districts, 33 in Medchal district, 32 in Sangareddy district, 27 in Medak district, 25 in Jayashankar Bhupalpally district, 22 each in Warangal Rural and Jangaon districts, 18 in Mahbubabad district, 17 each in Kamareddy, Adilabad and Mulugu districts, 14 in Jagityal district, 10 in Khammam district, nine in Siddipet district, five in Vikarabad district, four each in Yadadri Bhongiri and Asifabad districts, two each in Peddapalli, Bhadradri Kothagudem and Jogulamba Gadwal districts and one each in Nirmal and Mancherial 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 date, the bed occupancy is 10.85 percent and 89.15 percent of the available beds are vacant. Only 1,854 beds were occupied and 15,227 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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