From Our Bureau
31st JULY 2020
Telangana witnessed a surge with 2,083 COVID-19 fresh cases reported on Friday, taking the State’s total to 64,786 confirmed cases. The death toll rose to 530, with 11 fresh fatalities reported in the last 24 hours. In all, 46,502 patients recovered so far, including 1,114 in the last 24 hours. The case fatality rate was 0.82 percent in Telangana as against the national average of 2.18 percent.
As on today, 17,754 active confirmed cases are in the hospitals or in home quarantine. Of these, 11,359 individuals in home/ institutional isolation are asymptomatic cases, as per the latest official update. The number of recovered patients accounted for 71.78 percent of the total positive cases in the State. Active cases constituted 27.40 percent of the total positive cases. Fatalities accounted for 0.82 percent of the total positive cases.
According to the Director of Public Health and Family Welfare, as many as 4,58,593 samples were tested in the State cumulatively, including 21,011 in the last 24 hours. Cumulative sample positivity rate was 14.35 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 Friday. The tally included 578 cases in GHMC area, 228 in Rangareddy district, 197 in Medchal Malkajgiri district, 134 in Warangal Urban district, 108 in Karimnagar district, 101 in Sangareddy district, 73 in Nizamabad district, 48 in Nalgonda district, 42 in Peddapalli district, 40 in Mahbubabad district, 39 each in Rajanna Siricilla and Warangal Rural districts, 37 in Mancherial district, 35 each in Bhadradri Kothagudem and Jogulamba Gadwal districts, 34 in Suryapet district, 32 in Khammam district, 31 in Mahbubnagar district, 25 in Nirmal district, 24 in Jayashankar Bjupalpally district, 21 each in Jagityal, Jangaon and Vikarabad districts, 19 in Mulugu district, 18 each in Kamareddy and Nagarkurnool districts, 17 in Adilabad district, 16 each in Medak and Siddipet districts, 10 in Yadadri Bhongiri district, nine each in Narayanpet and Wanaparthy districts and eight in Komaram Bheem Asifabad district.
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 12.93 percent and 87.07 percent of the available beds are vacant. Only 2,354 beds were occupied and 15,853 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)