Telangana's Covid caseload touches 43,780; 8th worst-hit state

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 20, 2020

The number of cases testing positive in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) area is on the decline going from 881 on July 1 to 667 on Saturday, as the spread in neighbouring districts continues to increase.

Telangana recorded 1284 new Covid-19 cases and six fatalities on Saturday, pushing the overall toll to 409 and the cumulative total positive cases to 43,780.

Ten more people were killed by Covid-19 on the day taking the number of dead so far to 396. The total number of tests done in the state have now reached 2,37,817. The number of tests per million population is 4,945, the bulletin said.

According to the health department, the state's cumulative sample positivity rate is at 17 percent. The state now has 39 approved testing laboratories of which 12 are government labs while the remaining are private ones.

The increasing cases across the state in all the districts indicate that the Telangana government's Covid-19 fighting resources can be expected to be stretched to their limits in the coming days. It also said that from the high of 495 patients in the ICU ward of Gandhi Hospital on Wednesday, the occupancy of beds in this critical care ward on Thursday dropped steeply to 113.

The officials said 58 new cases were reported from Karimnagar, 46 from Nalgonda and 35 from Vikarabad.

Meanwhile, Telangana Health Minister E Rajender said steps would be taken to ensure that there was no shortage of emergency antiviral drugs used for treating COVID-19 patients.

During a meeting with representatives of pharma companies and dealers, the Minister directed them to see to it that emergency antiviral drugs are not black-marketed and they are available in medical shops at village level.

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