From Our Bureau                    

3RD JULY 2020

Telangana witnessed a big jump with 1,892 COVID-19 fresh cases, the highest ever for a single day, on Friday, taking the State’s total to 20,462 confirmed cases. The death toll increased to 283, with eight fresh fatalities reported in the last 24 hours. In all, 10,195 patients were discharged after recovery so far, including 1,126 in the last 24 hours. As on today, 9,984 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 1,04,118 samples were tested in the State cumulatively, including 5,965 in the last 24 hours. Of these, 83,656 samples tested negative so far, including 4,073 in the last 24 hours.

One of the private laboratories has reported extremely high sample positivity rate. The said lab has reported 2,672 positive cases against 3,726 total samples tested. The Positivity rate is 71.7 percent, which is a gross variation and discrepancy in the notified positivity rate of COVID-19 till date. The tested Negatives are only 962 out of 3,726 samples. The issue needs to be evaluated by an expert committee and until then the data of the said lab has been kept under abeyance

All the 1,892 fresh cases were reported among locals, taking the sub-total of this group to 20,013. 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 20,013 locals, 207 migrants from other States, 212 deportees from other countries and 30 foreign evacuees.   

COVID positive cases were reported from 24 out of 33 districts on Friday. The tally included 1,658 cases in GHMC area, 56 in Ranga Reddy district, 44 in Medchal district, 41 in Warangal Rural district, 20 in Sangareddy district, 13 in Nalgonda district, 12 in Mahbubnagar district, seven in Mahbubabad district, six each in Rajanna Siricilla and Kamareddy districts, five in Wanaparthy district, four in Bhadradri Kothagudem district, three each in Siddipet, Medak and Nizamabad districts, two each in Khammam and Nirmal districts and one each in Gadwal, Mulugu, Jagityal, Warangal Urban, Nagarkurnool, Vikarabad and Karimnagar districts.  

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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