Telangana witnessed a surge with 2,817 COVID-19 fresh cases reported on Wednesday, taking the State’s total to 1,33,406 confirmed cases. The death toll rose to 856, with 10 fresh fatalities reported in the last 24 hours. In all, 1,00,013 patients recovered so far, including 2,611 in the last 24 hours. The case fatality rate was 0.64 percent in Telangana as against the national average of 1.75 percent.

As on today, 32,537 active confirmed cases are in hospitals or in home quarantine. Of these, 25,293 individuals in home/ institutional isolation include asymptomatic cases, as per the latest official update. The number of recovered patients accounted for 74.97 percent of the total positive cases in the State. Active cases constituted 24.39 percent of the total positive cases. Fatalities accounted for 0.64 percent of the total positive cases.

As many as 92,050 patients (69 percent) were asymptomatic and 41,356 patients (31 percent of positive cases) were symptomatic. 

According to the Director of Public Health and Family Welfare, as many as 15,42,978 samples were tested in the State cumulatively, including 59,711 in the last 24 hours. Cumulative sample positivity rate was 8.65 percent. The Tests Per Million (TPM) population has seen a sharp increase to 41,560.

The total number of testing laboratories for RT-PCR/ CBNAAT/ TRUENAT tests is 52, including 17 government labs and 35 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 Wednesday. The tally included 452 cases in GHMC area, 216 in Rangareddy district, 164 in Karimnagar district, 157 each in Khammam and Nalgonda districts, 129 in Medchal Malkajgiri district, 120 in Siddipet district, 116 in Suryapet district, 114 in Warangal Urban district, 97 in Nizamabad district, 89 in Bhadradri Kothagudem district, 88 in Jagtiyal district, 76 in Sangareddy district, 75 in Peddapalli district, 73 in Yadadri Bhonigir district, 71 in Mancherial district, 62 each in Kamareddy and Mahbubabad districts, 53 in Rajanna Siricilla district, 46 in Warangal Rural district, 45 in Wanaparthy district, 42 in Mahbubnagar district, 41 each in Jangaon and Nagarkurnool district, 36 in Adilabad district, 35 in Medak district, 33 in Jogulamba Gadwal district, 27 in Vikarabad district, 26 in Jayashankar Bhupalpally district, 21 in Narayanpet district, 19 in Komaram Bheem Asifabad district, 18 in Mulugu district and 16 in Nirmal 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 13.60 percent and 86.40 percent of the available beds are vacant. Only 2,774 beds were occupied and 17,622 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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