From Our Bureau
25TH JUNE 2020
Telangana recorded 920 COVID-19 fresh cases on Thursday, the highest ever for a single day, taking the State’s total to 11,364 confirmed cases. The death toll rose to 230, with five fresh fatalities reported in the last 24 hours. In all, 4,688 patients were discharged after recovery so far, including 327 in the last 24 hours. As on today, 6,446 active confirmed cases are in the hospitals now, as per the latest official update.
According to the Director of Public Health and Family Welfare, as many as 920 fresh cases were reported among locals, taking the sub-total of this group to 10,915. 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 10,915 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.
New positive cases reported on Thursday included 737 in GHMC area, 86 in Rangareddy district, 60 in Medchal district, 13 in Karimnagar district, four in Rajanna Siricilla district, three each in Mahabubnagar and Nalgonda districts, two each in Mulugu, Warangal–Urban and Medak districts and one each in Warangal–Rural, Kamareddy, Siddipet, Vikarabad, Jangaon, Mahabubabad, Adilabad and Kumranbheem Asifabad districts.
According to the update on the infrastructure available in government hospitals, there are 34 government identified hospitals for COVID-19 treatment with 17,081 beds. In all, 1,083 beds are occupied and the bed occupancy is 6.34 percent. There are 11,152 vacant isolation beds, 3,482 vacant beds with oxygen support, 901 vacant ICU beds and 463 vacant ventilator beds in the COVID hospitals.
TESTING BY PRIVATE LABS
The COVID-19 test results uploaded in the portal by the Private Labs have shown serious abnormality. This may be due to technical issues in the way of testing. Today, a team of specialists have inspected various private labs to check the availability of infrastructure, trained manpower, procedure of testing and quality control. Based on the reports, an Expert Committee will evaluate whether the testing protocols in these labs are as per ICMR standards or not. Accordingly, a view will be taken on further course of action.
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. 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 overcrowding. There has been a surge in the cases since relaxation of lockdown.
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)