From Our Bureau                           

15TH JULY 2020

Telangana witnessed a surge with 1,597 COVID-19 fresh cases reported on Wednesday, taking the State’s total to 39,342 confirmed cases. The death toll rose to 386, with 11 fresh fatalities reported in the last 24 hours. In all, 25,999 patients were discharged after recovery so far, including 1,159 in the last 24 hours. As on today, 12,958 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 2,08,666 samples were tested in the State cumulatively, including 13,642 in the last 24 hours.  Of these, 1,69,324 samples tested negative so far, including 12,045 in the last 24 hours.

All the 1,597 fresh cases were reported among locals, taking the sub-total of this group to 38,893. 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 38,893 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 Wednesday. The tally included 796 cases in GHMC area, 212 in Rangareddy district, 115 in Medchal district, 73 in Sangareddy district, 58 in Nalgonda district, 44 in Warangal Urban district, 41 in Karimnagar district, 30 in Kamareddy district, 27 in Siddipet district, 26 in Mancherial district, 21 in Mahbubnagar district, 20 in Peddapalli district, 18 in Medak district, 15 in Jayashankar Bhupalpally district, 14 in Suryapet district, 13 each in Yadadri Bhongiri and Nizamabad districts, eight in Jangaon district, seven in Bhadradri Kothagudem district, six each in Khammam and Rajanna Siricilla districts, five each in Mahbubabad, Narayanpet, Vikarabad, Nagarkurnool and Wanaparthy districts, four each in Mulugu and Gadwal districts and one in Adilabad 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 10.8 percent and 89.2 percent of the available beds are vacant. Only 1,842 beds were occupied and 15,239 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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