From Our Bureau
19TH JUNE 2020
Telangana registered a record 499 COVID-19 fresh cases on Friday, the highest for a single day, taking the State’s total to 6,526 confirmed cases. The death toll rose to 198, with three fresh fatalities reported in the last 24 hours. In all, 3,352 patients were discharged after recovery so far and 2,976 active confirmed cases are in the hospitals now, as per latest official update.
According to the Director of Public Health and Family Welfare, as many as 499 fresh cases were reported among locals, taking the sub-total of this group to 6,077. 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 6,077 locals, 207 migrants from other States, 212 deportees from other countries and 30 foreign evacuees.
The Director PH& FW said that in view of Covid-19 global pandemic, the State of Telangana has strengthened surveillance, contact tracing and containment measures against the possible spread of disease.
The new positive cases reported on Friday included 329 in GHMC area, 129 in Rangareddy district, seven in Jangaon district, six in Mahbubnagar district, four each in Medchal, Mancherial, Warangal Urban, Nalgonda and Nizamabad districts, two each in Khammam and Suryapet districts and one each in Sangareddy, Jagityal, Karimnagar and Yadadri-Bhuvanagiri districts.
Analysing the age-wise fatalities due to COVID-19 in the State so far, the Public Health and Family Welfare Department said that a total of 198 deaths occurred till now. The 51-60 years age-group reported 52 fatalities, followed by 61-70 age-group with 48 deaths, 41-50 age-group with 42 fatalities, 71-80 age-group with 26 deaths, 31-40 age-group with 16 fatalities, 81-90 age-group with six deaths, 21-30 age-group with three deaths and 91-100 age-group with one death, apart from four fatalities among children in the 0-10 years age-group. There were no deaths in the 11-20 age-group.
The Government has identified 34 hospitals for COVID-19 cases with 17,081 beds earmarked for COVID treatment. As on date, 976 beds are occupied and the bed occupancy works out to 5.71 percent. The number of vacant beds in the COVID hospitals include 10,970 isolation beds, 3,227 beds with oxygen support, 1,448 ICU beds, 460 ventilator beds.
It is observed that there is a surge of cases in most of the districts across the State. In view of the surge, the public is requested to be alert and self-vigilant for any signs and symptoms of Influenza Like Illness (ILI) OR Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (SARI).
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. There is a surge of positive cases since the past few days. For ensuring safety, the authorities have issued guidelines for strict compliance. Vulnerable Age Groups comprising children below 10 years of age and elderly people aged above 60 years are advised to stay indoors and avoid going outdoors. (eom)