From Our Bureau                           

25TH JULY 2020

Telangana witnessed a surge with 1,593 COVID-19 fresh cases reported on Saturday, taking the State’s total to 54,059 confirmed cases. The death toll rose to 463, with eight fresh fatalities reported in the last 24 hours. In all, 41,332 patients recovered so far, including 998 in the last 24 hours. The death rate was 0.86 percent in Telangana as against the national average of 2.3 percent.

As on today, 12,264 active confirmed cases are in the hospitals or in home quarantine, as per the latest official update. The number of recovered patients accounted for 76.46 percent of the total positive cases in the State.  Active cases constituted 22.68 percent of the total positive cases. Fatalities accounted for 0.86 percent of the total positive cases.

According to the Director of Public Health and Family Welfare, as many as 3,53,425 samples were tested in the State cumulatively, including 15,654 in the last 24 hours.  Only 10.2 percent of the samples tested positive in the last 24 hours. Cumulative sample positivity rate was 15.3 percent. The tests per million population worked out to 391 today. Total number of testing laboratories for RT-PCR/CBNAAT/TRUENAT tests is 39, including 16 government labs and 23 private labs. Besides, there are 320 rapid antigen testing centres run by the Government.    

The COVID positive cases were reported from 32 out of 33 districts on Saturday. The tally included 641 cases in GHMC area, 171 in Rangareddy district, 131 in Warangal Urban district, 91 in Medchal Malkajgiri district, 61 in Sangareddy district, 51 in Karimnagar district, 46 in Nagarkurnool district, 38 in Mahbubnagar district, 36 in Kamareddy district, 32 in Nizamabad district,  29 in Mahbubabad district, 27 each in Mancherial and Rajanna Siricilla districts, 22 in Suryapet district, 21 each in Jangaon, Medak and Warangal Rural districts, 18 in Khammam district, 17 in Bhadradri Kothagudem district, 16 in Peddapalli district, 14 in Adilabad district, 12 in Mulugu district, 11 in Yadadri Bhongiri district, nine in Vikarabad district, seven in Narayanpet district, six in Nalgonda district, five each in Jogulamba Gadwal and Siddipet districts, three in Jayashankar Bhupalpally district, two in Jagityal district and one each from Nirmal and Wanaparthy districts. No case was reported in Komaram Bheem Asifabad district.

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, 1,616 ICUs beds. A total of 1,117 ventilators are available in these hospitals. As on date, the bed occupancy is 12.5 percent and 87.5 percent of the available beds are vacant. Only 2,134 beds were occupied and 14,947 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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