From Our Bureau                           

2nd August 2020

Telangana witnessed a surge with 983 COVID-19 fresh cases reported on Sunday, taking the State’s total to 67,660 confirmed cases. The death toll rose to 551, with 11 fresh fatalities reported in the last 24 hours. In all, 48,609 patients recovered so far, including 1,019 in the last 24 hours. The case fatality rate was 0.81 percent in Telangana as against the national average of 2.13 percent.

As on today, 18,500 active confirmed cases are in the hospitals or in home quarantine. Of these, 11,911 individuals in home/ institutional isolation include  asymptomatic cases, as per the latest official update. The number of recovered patients accounted for 71.84 percent of the total positive cases in the State.  Active cases constituted 27.35 percent of the total positive cases. Fatalities accounted for 0.81 percent of the total positive cases.

According to the Director of Public Health and Family Welfare, as many as 4,87,238 samples were tested in the State cumulatively, including 9,443 in the last 24 hours.   Cumulative sample positivity rate was 13.89 percent. Total number of testing laboratories for RT-PCR/ CBNAAT/ TRUENAT tests is 39, including 16 government labs and 23 private labs. Besides, there are 320 rapid antigen testing centres run by the Government.    

The COVID positive cases were reported from all the 33 districts on Sunday. The tally included 273 cases in GHMC area, 73 in Rangareddy district, 57 in Warangal Urban district, 54 in Karimnagar district, 48 in Medchal Malkajgiri district, 44 in Peddapalli district, 42 in Nizamabad district, 37 in Sangareddy district, 32 in Nagarkurnool district, 28 in Kamareddy district, 26 in Wanaparthy district, 25 in Warangal Rural district, 23 in Khammam district, 21 in Mahbubnagar district, 20 in Rajanna Siricilla district, 18 each in Mahbubabad and Medak districts, 16 each in Adilabad and Bhadradri Kothagudem districts, 14 in Mulugu district, 13 in Jangaon district, 12 each in Jagityal, Jayashankar Bhupalpally and Jogulamba Gadwal districts, 11 each in Nalgonda and Suryapet districts, seven in Komaram Bheem Asifabad district, six in Siddipet district, five in Yadadri Bhongiri district, four in Vikarabad district, two each in Narayanpet and Nirmal districts and one in Mancherial district.    

As on today, 61 Government hospitals have established a capacity of 17,081 COVID beds, of which 11,928 are isolations beds, 3,537 are oxygen beds, 1,616 ICUs beds. A total of 1,117 ventilators are available in these hospitals. As on date, the bed occupancy is 14.70 percent and 85.30 percent of the available beds are vacant. Only 2,510 beds were occupied and 14,571 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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