From Our Bureau
30th May 2020
There was a surge in COVID-19 cases for the 22nd consecutive day with 74 fresh cases reported in Telangana on Saturday, taking the State’s total to 2,499 confirmed cases. The death toll rose to 77, with six fresh fatalities reported in the last 24 hours. In all, 1,412 patients were discharged after recovery so far and 1,010 active confirmed cases are in the hospitals now, according to official status update.
According to the media bulletin from the Director of Public Health and Family Welfare, as many as 60 fresh cases were reported among locals, taking the sub-total of this group to 2,068. Another 14 fresh cases were reported among the migrants, deportees and foreign evacuees, taking their sub-total to 431. Thus, the total confirmed cases tally included 2,068 locals, 189 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 Saturday included 41 in GHMC area, 5 in Rangareddy district, three in Sangareddy district, two each in Mahbubnagar and Jagtiyal districts and one each in Suryapet, Wanaparthy, Warangal Urban, Vikarabad, Medchal, Nagarkurnool and Nizamabad districts, 9 cases among deportees and five among migrants.
In the past 24 hours, six deaths have occurred and these included a 3-month-old male baby with associated cardiac disease, a 24-day-old male baby who is a pre-term baby, a 58-year-old male with associated hypertension, a 62-year-old male with diabetes and hypertension, a 52-year-old male with known hypertension and a 47-year-old male with cardiac surgery.
In the past few days, there has been a surge of new cases in GHMC area. It is once again reiterated that all the non-Pharmacological preventive measures have to be implemented strictly. Vigorous Contact tracing, strict quarantine measures (home and government), Risk Assessment, judiciously assessing the area of containment, strict perimeter control have to be taken up. At this juncture, Risk communication plays a major role in behavior change thereby mitigating further spread of infection.
The Government of India has airlifted 458 deportees. These deportees have been quarantined in government quarantine centers in the State. Till date, 212 deportees have tested positive for Covid-9 and are being treated.
A large number of migrants are returning from various other States of the country. These migrants are being home quarantined and monitored by the district authorities. Symptomatic migrants are tested. Majority of the migrants are arriving from Maharashtra, Tamilnadu, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Bihar etc. Till date, 189 migrants have tested positive for Covid-19 and are being treated
The general public are requested to inform the local authorities in case they identify any new persons, migrants who have newly arrived in the towns and villages to ensure that the migrants strictly adhere to the home quarantine guidelines.
The two districts with zero positive cases till date are Warangal (Rural) and Yadadri. The 14 districts in the State with zero positive cases since the past 14 days include Sircilla, Kamareddy, Bhupalpally, Mulugu, Peddapally, Siddipet, Bhadradri, Asifabad, Adilabad, Gadwal, Nalgonda, Janagoan, Mahbubabad and Nirmal.
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)