Telangana currently has 7,923 active Covid-19 cases.
Despite the ongoing vaccination drive in Telangana, the number of Covid-19 cases in the state continues to record a troubling increase.
As a result, the number of Covid-19 tests has also seen a huge rise. A bulletin released by the medical and health department reveals that in the past 24 hours alone, a whopping 62,973 individuals were tested for the fatal disease. Of them, 1,321 persons tested positive. Telangana currently has 7,923 active cases out of which 3,886 patients are under home isolation. This jump has taken the count of the cumulative number of positive cases in the state to 3,12,140.
The GHMC area has been the worst hit, and recorded 320 out of the 1,321 cases. Of the remaining cases, 30 positives were recorded in Adilabad, 46 in Jagtial, 13 in Jangaon, 12 in Bhupalpally, 6 in Gadwal, 15 in Kamareddy, 41 in Karimnagar, 23 in Khammam, 11 in Asifabad, 30 in Mahabubnagar, 13 in Mahabubabad, 24 in Mancherial, 14 in Medak, 144 in Medchal-Malkajgiri, two in Mulugu, 14 in Nagarkurnool, 28 in Nalgonda, 11 in Narayanpet, 64 in Nirmal, 96 in Nizamabad, 14 in Peddapalli, 35 in Siricilla, 121 in Rangareddy, 49 in Sangareddy, 23 in Siddipet, 19 in Suryapet, 15 in Vikarabad, 10 in Wanaparthy, eight in Warangal (Rural), 43 in Warangal (Urban), six in Bhadradri, and 21 in Yadadri.
With five new fatalities, the state's death toll is now 1,717. But, with a fatality rate of 0.55%, which is far lower than the national rate of 1.3%, the state also saw 293 recoveries yesterday.
Despite the ongoing Covid-19 scare, people continue to organise large wedding functions. 86 guests who attended one such ceremony, held in Siddapur village of Nizamabad, have been affected by the disease. Following the outbreak, the medical officials in the area set up several testing camps, and have been carrying out tests for the last three days.
The district seems to have been rather badly affected - more than 800 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in the last 20 days. This even caused Minister Prashant Reddy to instruct the district officials to set up quarantine camps in the district.
Alarmed by the recent increase in the number of cases Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan today made a telephonic call to Health Minister Etala Rajender to enquire about the measures being taken for the prevention and treatment of the disease.
The minister apprised the Governor of the various measures being taken by the government to prevent the further spread of Covid-19. He also informed her that the number of testing facilities had been pushed up and that the facilities at the designated Covid-19 hospitals had been bolstered as well.
Soundararajan highlighted the need for early detection and timely treatment saying that that was vital to avoid fatalities. She also appealed to the people of the state to strictly adhere to all the prevention guidelines, including wearing masks, maintaining social distance, not attending large public gatherings, and washing/sanitising hands frequently in order to contain the spread of the pandemic.