From Our Bureau                           

16TH JULY 2020

Telangana witnessed a surge with 1,676 COVID-19 fresh cases reported on Thursday, taking the State’s total to 41,018 confirmed cases. The death toll rose to 396, with 10 fresh fatalities reported in the last 24 hours. In all, 27,295 patients were discharged after recovery so far, including 1,296 in the last 24 hours. As on today, 13,328 active confirmed cases are in the hospitals now, as per the latest official update. The number of discharged patients accounted for 67 percent of the total positive cases in the State. 

According to the Director of Public Health and Family Welfare, as many as 2,22,693 samples were tested in the State cumulatively, including 14,027 in the last 24 hours.  Of these, 18.85 percent of the samples tested positive. The tests per million population rose to 5,350 as on date. Total number of testing laboratories increased to 39, including 16 government labs and 23 private labs.   

All the 1,676 fresh cases were reported among locals, taking the sub-total of this group to 40,569. 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 40,569 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 Thursday. The tally included 788 cases in GHMC area, 224 in Rangareddy district, 160 in Medchal district, 92 in Karimnagar district, 64 in Nalgonda district, 57 in Sangareddy district, 51 in Wanaparthy district, 47 in Warangal Urban district, 30 in Nagarkurnool district, 26 in Medak district, 20 each in Nizamabad and Suryapet districts, 19 in Mahbubabad district, 10 in Khammam district, eight each in Jayashankar Bhupalpally and Vikarabad district, seven each in Peddapalli and Narayanpet districts, six each in Mahbubnagar and Bhadradri Kothagudem districts, five each in Kamareddy, Siddipet and Jogulamba Gadwal districts, four in Mancherial district, three in Rajanna Siricilla district and one each in Warangal Rural, Jagityal, Yadadri Bhongiri and Jangaon 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 today, the bed occupancy is 9.9 percent and 90.1 percent of the available beds are vacant. Only 1,692 beds were occupied and 15,389 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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