From Our Bureau
8TH JULY 2020
Telangana witnessed a surge with 1,924 COVID-19 fresh cases reported on Wednesday, taking the State’s total to 29,536 confirmed cases. The death toll increased to 324, with 11 fresh fatalities reported in the last 24 hours. In all, 17,279 patients were discharged after recovery so far, including 992 in the last 24 hours. As on today, 11,933 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 1,34,801 samples were tested in the State cumulatively, including 6,363 in the last 24 hours. Of these, 1,05,265 samples tested negative so far, including 4,439 in the last 24 hours.
All the 1,924 fresh cases were reported among locals, taking the sub-total of this group to 29,087. 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 29,087 locals, 207 migrants from other States, 212 deportees from other countries and 30 foreign evacuees.
COVID positive cases were reported from 25 out of 33 districts on Wednesday. The tally included 1,590 cases in GHMC area, 99 in Rangareddy district, 43 in Medchal district, 26 in Warangal Rural district, 20 in Sangareddy district, 19 in Nizamabad district, 15 in Mahbubnagar district, 14 in Karimnagar district, 13 each in Nalgonda and Rajanna Siricilla districts, 11 in Vikarabad district, nine in Wanaparthy district, seven each in Warangal Urban and Suryapet districts, five each in Medak, Peddapalli, Bhadradri Kothagudem and Yadadri districts, four in Khammam district, three each in Kamareddy, Jagityal, Adilabad and Nagarkurnool districts and one each in Narayanpet and Asifabad 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. Only 1,329 beds were occupied and 15,752 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, 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)