Telangana Covid crisis deepens, Health News, ET HealthWorld


HYDERABAD: For the third day in a row, Telangana broke its own single-day record of Covid-19 cases as the numbers shot to 4,446, on Saturday. The state also reported 12 deaths — the highest recorded over a period of 24 hours during the second wave of the pandemic so far.

On April 15 and 16, Telangana’s load of new cases stood at 3,307 and 3,840 respectively.

In the steepest ever increase, the number of active cases in the state also jumped to 33,514, on Saturday, from 5,511 on April 1. With this, the total count of cases in Telangana has now touched 3,46,331 while the total number of recovered patients has hit 3,11,008. The death toll so far in the state is 1,809.

About 50% the districts in the state, on Saturday, recorded over 100 cases of which five districts saw their numbers range between 200 and 600 cases. Hyderabad city and its outskirts, meanwhile, recorded a chunk of these cases with the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) registering 598 new cases, Medchal Malkajgiri 435 cases, Ranga Reddy 326 cases and Sangareddy 235 cases. These four together accounted for 1,594 cases.

Other districts that witnessed a surge in Covid-19 numbers were Nizamabad with 314 cases, Kamareddy (184), Nirmal (160) and Siddipet (111). State health authorities warned that of a further surge over the next few weeks.

“The second wave is far more severe and is spreading fast. Since the virus has many mutations, people need to be extremely cautious and take all necessary Covid precautions,” said Dr G Srinivasa Rao, director public health, Telangana.

The case fatality rate in the state is currently at 0.52% while the recovery rate has dropped to 89.8% from the 97.7% recorded in the beginning of the month. On Saturday, 1,26,235 samples were tested for the virus, taking the total count of tests so far in the state to 1.16 crore. Telangana has now reached 3.11 lakh sample testing per million population.

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