From Our Bureau                           

24th August 2020

Telangana witnessed a surge with 2,579 COVID-19 fresh cases reported on Monday, taking the State’s total to 1,08,670 confirmed cases. The death toll rose to 770, with nine fresh fatalities reported in the last 24 hours. In all, 84,163 patients recovered so far, including 1,752 in the last 24 hours. The case fatality rate was 0.71 percent in Telangana as against the national average of 1.85 percent.

As on today, 23,737 active confirmed cases are in hospitals or in home quarantine. Of these, 17,226 individuals in home/ institutional isolation include asymptomatic cases, as per the latest official update. The number of recovered patients accounted for 77.45 percent of the total positive cases in the State. Active cases constituted 21.84 percent of the total positive cases. Fatalities accounted for 0.71 percent of the total positive cases.

According to the Director of Public Health and Family Welfare, as many as 10,21,054 samples were tested in the State cumulatively, including 52,933 in the last 24 hours. Cumulative sample positivity rate was 10.64 percent. The Tests Per Million (TPM) population has seen a sharp increase to 27,502.

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 Monday. The tally included 295 cases in GHMC area, 186 in Rangareddy district, 161 in Khammam district, 143 in Warangal Urban district, 142 in Nizamabad district, 129 in Nalgonda district, 116 in Karimnagar district, 106 in Medchal Malkajgiri district, 104 in Mancherial district, 98 in Jagityal district, 92 in Siddipet district, 85 in Peddapalli district, 83 in Bhadradri Kothagudem district, 81 in Mahbubabad district, 78 in Suryapet district, 69 in Mahbubnagar district, 64 in Kamareddy district, 59 in Rajanna Siricilla district, 56 in Wanaparthy district, 48 in Nagarkurnool district, 47 in Jogulamba Gadwal district, 46 each in Jangaon and Yadadri Bhongiri districts, 42 in Medak district, 34 in Adilabad district, 31 in Warangal Rural district, 30 in Sangareddy district, 28 in Nirmal district, 23 in Vikarabad district, 19 in Naraynpet district, 16 in Mulugu district, 12 in Jayashankar Bhupalpally district and 10 in Komaram Bheem Asifabad 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 11.67 percent and 88.33 percent of the available beds are vacant. Only 2,380 beds were occupied and 18,016 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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