Telangana is probably past its peak of coronavirus cases as of now, health department data shows. The state is testing 79,206 people per million, and the positivity ratio has gone down to 4%. Case fatality ratio now stands at 0.58% (according to September 29 data).
Hospitals are also seeing low bed occupancy, with government and private establishments having only 25.4 and 34.5 per cent of their beds full, respectively. Recovery rate has risen to 83.84%.
Dr Srinivas Rao, director of Public Health and Family Welfare said that these were encouraging signs. He asked people not to hesitate to return to their daily lives, keeping in mind the precautionary measures. “I appeal to the employers, especially in the IT corridor of Cyberabad, Hitec City and Madhapur, to resume business operations. Almost 98% of people in the Greater Hyderabad region have gone back to their regular lives,” he was quoted as saying by the newspaper.
“The only vaccine at the moment is effectively wearing a mask, maintaining social distancing and using hand sanitizers”, Rao emphasised.
According to the September 30 bulletin of the Telangana government, 29, 96,001 samples have been tested in total. The cumulative caseload stands at 1, 91,386. On September 29, there were 29,477 active cases, which has fallen to 29,326, as per the latest media bulletin.
298 people tested positive for the virus under the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation on September 30. “The number of positive cases will further come down”, Dr Rao said, sounding an alert that a jump in cases is possible if the public does not behave in a responsible manner.
“We had the inauguration of a cable stayed bridge in the city where hundreds had gathered in one place. We had a political rally and several public events. We have an assembly by-election and elections to the GHMC coming up. Unless we take precautions, we may have sudden outbreaks in clusters leading to a surge in cases”, he added.
The DPH said that increasing the number of tests to a minimum of 50,000 per day helped in early identification of cases, tracing of primary and secondary contacts as well as ensuring proper treatment. 35% of the almost 30 lakh tests performed so far were RT-PCR tests.
“We have instructed RT-PCR tests to be conducted on anyone with symptoms even if they test negative for antibodies. Now we have decided that all our mobile labs will collect only RT-PCR samples in areas where we have a high test positivity ratio”, Rao added.
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