From Our Bureau                           

29TH JULY 2020

Telangana witnessed a surge with 1,811 COVID-19 fresh cases reported on Wednesday, taking the State’s total to 60,717 confirmed cases. The death toll rose to 505, with 13 fresh fatalities reported in the last 24 hours. In all, 44,572 patients recovered so far, including 821 in the last 24 hours. The case fatality rate was 0.83 percent in Telangana as against the national average of 2.26 percent.

As on today, 15,640 active confirmed cases are in the hospitals or in home quarantine. Almost 84 percent of the 10,155 individuals in home/institutional isolation are asymptomatic cases, as per the latest official update. The number of recovered patients accounted for 73.41 percent of the total positive cases in the State.  Active cases constituted 25.76 percent of the total positive cases. Fatalities accounted for 0.83 percent of the total positive cases.

Almost 65.6 percent of positive cases were males and 34.4 percent were females.  About 46.13 percent of the fatalities were due to COVID alone and 53.87 percent due to co-morbidities.

According to the Director of Public Health and Family Welfare, as many as 4,16,202 samples were tested in the State cumulatively, including 18,263 in the last 24 hours.   Cumulative sample positivity rate was 14.59 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 Wednesday. The tally included 521 cases in GHMC area, 289 in Rangareddy district, 151 in Medchal Malkajgiri district,  102 in Warangal Urban district, 97 in Karimnagar district, 61 in Nalgonda district, 44 in Nizamabad district, 41 in Mahbubnagar district, 39 in Mahbubabad district, 37 in Suryapet district, 33 in Sangareddy district, 30 in Rajanna Siricilla district, 28 in Jogulamba Gadwal district, 27 in Bhadradri Kothagudem district, 26 in Khammam district, 24 in Siddipet district, 23 in Wanaparthy district, 22 in Jangaon district, 21 in Peddapalli district, 20 in Jayashankar Bhupalpally district, 18 each in Adilabad, Mancherial and Warangal Rural districts, 16 each in Mulugu and Yadadri Bhongiri, 15 each in Jagityal and Medak district, 12 each in Nirmal and Vikarabad district, 11 in Kamareddy district, nine each in Nagarkurnool and Narayanpet districts and six 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 12.81 percent and 87.19 percent of the available beds are vacant. Only 2,188 beds were occupied and 14,893 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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