From Our Bureau               

7TH JULY 2020

Telangana witnessed a surge with 1,879 COVID-19 fresh cases reported on Tuesday, taking the State’s total to 27,612 confirmed cases. The death toll increased to 313, with seven fresh fatalities reported in the last 24 hours. In all, 16,287 patients were discharged after recovery so far, including 1,506 in the last 24 hours. As on today, 11,012 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 1,28,438 samples were tested in the State cumulatively, including 6,220 in the last 24 hours. Of these, 1,00,826 samples tested negative so far, including 4,341 in the last 24 hours.

All the 1,879 fresh cases were reported among locals, taking the sub-total of this group to 27,163. 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 27,163 locals, 207 migrants from other States, 212 deportees from other countries and 30 foreign evacuees.   

COVID positive cases were reported from 27 out of 33 districts on Tuesday. The tally included 1,422 cases in GHMC area, 176 in Rangareddy district, 94 in Medchal district, 32 in Karimnagar district, 31 in Nalgonda district, 19 in Nizamabad district, 13 in Warangal Urban district, 12 each in Medak and Mulugu districts, 11 in Mahbubnagar district, nine each in Sangareddy and Suryapet districts, seven in Kamareddy district, six in Jayashankar Bhupalpally district, four in Gadwal district, three each in Peddapalli, Khammam and Bhadradri Kothagudem districts, two each in Jagityal, Mahbubabad, Rajanna Siricilla and Ngarkurnool districts and one each in Vikarabad, Adilabad, Jangaon, Wanaparthy and Siddipet districts.   

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 7.8 percent. A total of 92.2 percent beds are 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, 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.

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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