From Our Bureau                           

1st August 2020                          

Telangana witnessed a surge with 1,891 COVID-19 fresh cases reported on Saturday, taking the State’s total to 66,677 confirmed cases. The death toll rose to 540, with 10 fresh fatalities reported in the last 24 hours. In all, 47,590 patients recovered so far, including 1,088 in the last 24 hours. The case fatality rate was 0.80 percent in Telangana as against the national average of 2.15 percent.

As on today, 18,547 active confirmed cases are in the hospitals or in home quarantine. Of these, 12,001 individuals in home/ institutional isolation are asymptomatic cases, as per the latest official update. The number of recovered patients accounted for 71.38 percent of the total positive cases in the State.  Active cases constituted 27.82 percent of the total positive cases. Fatalities accounted for 0.80 percent of the total positive cases.

According to the Director of Public Health and Family Welfare, as many as 4,77,795 samples were tested in the State cumulatively, including 19,202 in the last 24 hours.   Cumulative sample positivity rate was 13.96 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 32 out of 33 districts on Saturday. The tally included 517 cases in GHMC area, 181 in Rangareddy district, 146 in Medchal Malkajgiri district, 138 in Warangal Urban district, 131 in Nizamabad district, 111 in Sangareddy district, 93 in Karimnagar district, 47 in Khammam district, 46 in Nalgonda district, 42 in Kamareddy district, 38 in Jogulamba Gadwal district, 37 in Peddapalli district, 35 in Suryapet district, 33 in Mahbubnagar district, 32 in Bhadradri Kothagudem district, 28 each in Mancherial and Rajanna Siricilla districts, 27 in Siddipet district, 24 in Mahbubabad district, 22 in Warangal Rural district, 21 in Medak district, 19 in Adilabad district, 15 in Jangaon district, 14 in Jagityal district, 13 in Wanaparthy district, 12 in Yadadri Bhongiri district, 11 each in Mulugu and Narayanpet districts, eight each in Nirmal and Vikarabad districts, two in Komaram Bheem Asifabad district and one in Nagarkurnool district. Jayashankar Bhupalpally district reported zero cases.  

As on today, 61 Government hospitals have established a capacity of 18,207 COVID beds, of which 11,928 are isolations beds, 4,663 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 13.17 percent and 86.83 percent of the available beds are vacant. Only 2,397 beds were occupied and 15,810 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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