From Our Bureau                           

22nd August 2020

Telangana witnessed a big surge with 2,384 COVID-19 fresh cases reported on Saturday, taking the State’s total to 1,04,249 confirmed cases. The death toll rose to 755, with 11 fresh fatalities reported in the last 24 hours. In all, 80,586 patients recovered so far, including 1,851 in the last 24 hours. The case fatality rate was 0.72 percent in Telangana as against the national average of 1.87 percent.

As on today, 22,908 active confirmed cases are in hospitals or in home quarantine. Of these, 16,379 individuals in home/institutional isolation include asymptomatic cases, as per the latest official update. The number of recovered patients accounted for 77.30 percent of the total positive cases in the State. Active cases constituted 21.98 percent of the total positive cases. Fatalities accounted for 0.72 percent of the total positive cases.

According to the Director of Public Health and Family Welfare, as many as 9,31,839 samples were tested in the State cumulatively, including 40,666 in the last 24 hours. Cumulative sample positivity rate was 11.19 percent. The Tests Per Million (TPM) population has seen a sharp increase to 25,009.

The total number of testing laboratories for RT-PCR/ CBNAAT/ TRUENAT tests is 47, including 16 government labs and 31 private labs. Besides, there are 1,076 rapid antigen testing centres run by the State Government.    

The COVID positive cases were reported from all the 33 districts on Saturday. The tally included 472 cases in GHMC area, 148 in Nizamabad district, 137 in Nalgonda district, 131 in Rangareddy district, 120 in Karimnagar district, 110 in Suryapet district, 105 each in Jagtiyal and Khammam districts, 90 in Mancherial district, 85 in Warangal Urban district, 69 in Kamareddy district, 68 in Jogulamba Gadwal district, 67 in Siddipet district, 65 in Peddapalli district, 61 each in Mahbubnagar and Sangareddy districts, 52 each in Bhadradri Kothagudem, Mahbubabad and Medchal Malkajgiri districts, 47 in Wanaparthy district, 42 in Rajanna Siricilla district, 30 in Jangaon district, 29 in Nagarkurnool district, 28 in Yadadri Bhongiri district, 25 in Adilabad district, 23 in Medak district, 21 in Warangal Rural district, 19 each in Mulugu, Nirmal and Vikarabad districts, 13 in Narayanpet district, 12 in Komaram Bheem Asifabad district and seven in Jayashankar Bhupalpally district.  

As on today, 61 Government hospitals have established a capacity of 20,396 COVID beds, of which 12,284 are isolations beds, 5,861 are oxygen beds and 2,251 are ICU beds. A total of 1,117 ventilators are available in these hospitals. As on date, the bed occupancy is 11.82 percent and 88.18 percent of the available beds are vacant. Only 2,410 beds were occupied and 17,986 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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