From Our Bureau                           

28TH JULY 2020

Telangana witnessed a surge with 1,764 COVID-19 fresh cases reported on Tuesday, taking the State’s total to 58,906 confirmed cases. The death toll rose to 492, with 12 fresh fatalities reported in the last 24 hours. In all, 43,751 patients recovered so far, including 842 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, 14,663 active confirmed cases are in the hospitals or in home quarantine. Almost 84 percent of the 9,178 individuals in home/institutional isolation are asymptomatic cases, as per the latest official update. The number of recovered patients accounted for 74.27 percent of the total positive cases in the State.  Active cases constituted 24.89 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 46.1 percent of the fatalities were due to COVID alone and 53.9 percent due to co-morbidities.

According to the Director of Public Health and Family Welfare, as many as 3,97,939 samples were tested in the State cumulatively, including 18,858 in the last 24 hours.   Cumulative sample positivity rate was 14.80 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 all the 33 districts on Tuesday. The tally included 509 cases in GHMC area, 158 in Medchal Malkajgiri district, 147 in Rangareddy district, 138 in Warangal Urban district, 93 in Karimnagar district, 89 in Sangareddy district, 69 in Khammam district, 51 in Nalgonda district, 47 each in Mahbubnagar and Nizamabad districts, 44 in Peddapalli district, 41 in Warangal Rural district, 38 in Suryapet district, 30 in Bhadradri Kothagudem district, 29 in Nagarkurnool district, 28 in Mancherial district, 23 in Medak district, 22 in Jogulamba Gadwal district, 21 in Siddipet district, 17 in Mulugu district, 15 in Adilabad district, 13 each in Jangaon and Rajanna Siricilla districts, 12 in Jagityal district, 11 in Yadadri Bhongiri district, 10 in Kamareddy district, nine in Mahbubabad district, eight each in Jayashankar Bhupalpally and Nirmal districts, seven each in Narayanpet and Vikarabad districts, six in Komaram Bheem Asifabad district and four in Wanaparthy 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 12.97 percent and 87.03 percent of the available beds are vacant. Only 2,216 beds were occupied and 14,865 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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