From Our Bureau                           

27TH JULY 2020

Telangana witnessed a surge with 1,610 COVID-19 fresh cases reported on Monday, taking the State’s total to 57,142 confirmed cases. The death toll rose to 480, with nine fresh fatalities reported in the last 24 hours. In all, 42,909 patients recovered so far, including 803 in the last 24 hours. The case fatality rate was 0.84 percent in Telangana as against the national average of 2.26 percent.

As on today, 13,753 active confirmed cases are in the hospitals or in home quarantine. Almost 84 percent of the 8,479 individuals in home/institutional isolation are asymptomatic cases, as per the latest official update. The number of recovered patients accounted for 75.09 percent of the total positive cases in the State.  Active cases constituted 24.07 percent of the total positive cases. Fatalities accounted for 0.84 percent of the total positive cases.

Almost 65.6 percent of positive cases were males and 34.4 percent were females.  About 46 percent of the fatalities were due to COVID alone and 54 percent due to co-morbidities.

According to the Director of Public Health and Family Welfare, as many as 3,79,081 samples were tested in the State cumulatively, including 15,839 in the last 24 hours.   Cumulative sample positivity rate was 15.07 percent. 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 31 out of 33 districts on Monday. The tally included 531 cases in GHMC area, 172 in Rangareddy district, 152 in Warangal Urban district, 113 in Medchal Malkajgiri district, 74 in Sangareddy district, 58 in Nizamabad district, 48 each in Karimnagar and Peddapalli districts, 35 in Suryapet district, 34 in Jogulamba Gadwal district, 32 in Mulugu district, 26 in Khammam and Nalgonda districts, 25 in Warangal Rural district, 23 in Mahbubnagar district, 20 in Jayashankar Bhupalpally, 18 in Jangaon and Kamareddy districts, 16 in Bhadradri Kothagudem district, 14 each in Mahbubabad, Narayanpet, Rajanna Siricilla and Siddipet districts, 13 each in Adilabad and Mancherial districts, 12 each in Jagityal, Medak and Yadadri Bhongiri districts, 11 in Vikarabad district, nine in Nagarkurnool and three in Wanaparthy. No cases were reported in Komaram Bheem Asifabad and Nirmal 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, 1,616 ICUs beds. A total of 1,117 ventilators are available in these hospitals. As on date, the bed occupancy is 13.12 percent and 86.88 percent of the available beds are vacant. Only 2,242 beds were occupied and 14,839 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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