Telangana adds 2,534 fresh Covid cases to breach 1.50 lakh mark

With 2,534 new coronavirus cases, Telangana’s tally breached the 1.50 lakh mark on Thursday, while 11 more patients succumbed to the infection, said health officials.

After the addition of 2,534 new cases in the last 24 hours, the tally went up to 1,50,176, officials added.

As many as 11 more persons with Covid-19 infection died across the state, taking the toll to 927.

Telangana became the ninth state in the country to cross 1.50 lakh mark. The state government, however, claims that with low fatality rate and a better recovery rate, the state is on a better footing than many other states in handling the pandemic.

Health officials said the fatality rate in the state declined further to 0.61 per cent against the national average of 1.68 per cent.

Out of the total fatalities, 53.87 per cent had comorbidities.

Telanganaas recovery rate at 78 per cent is slightly higher than the national average of 77.83 per cent.

The last 24 hours ending 8 p.m. Wednesday saw 2,071 recoveries. With this the overall recoveries in the state climbed to to 1,17,143.

According to a media bulletin , the number of active cases in the state stands at 32,106 including 25,066 in home/institutional isolation.

Out of the total Covid cases reported in the state so far, 69 per cent (1,03,621) were asymptomatic and 31 per cent (46,555) symptomatic.

The latest figures indicate that the situation continues to be under control in Greater Hyderabad but districts are adding new cases.

Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) saw 327 new cases during the last 24 hours. State capital’s neighbouring districts Rangareddy and Medchal Malkajgiri reported 195 and 132 cases respectively. Sangareddy, another district bordering the state capital, recorded 96 cases.

Outside Hyderabad and surrounding districts, Nalgonda recorded highest single-day jump of 149. Warangal Urban reported 124 new cases, Kamareddy 123, Khammam 109, Karimnagar 107 and Siddipet 103.

Ramping up the testing further, 17 government and 38 private laboratories and 1076 rapid antigen tests centres across the state conducted 63,017 tests. These include 28,358 primary and 8,822 secondary contacts.

The state has so far conducted 19,53,571 tests. However, there was no information available as to how many of these are rapid antigen tests.

The state health authorities said samples tested per million population improved further to 52,619. This is much higher than the daily testing target of 5,600 per day as per the World Health Organisation (WHO) benchmark of 140 per million per day.

Age wise Covid positive details show that 65.3 per cent of those tested positive were in the age group of 21-50 years. Officials said that 24.71 per cent are above 51 years of age. About 10 per cent were aged below 20 years.

Officials said 64.41 per cent of those tested positive were male while the remaining 35.59 per cent were female.

Out of 20,396 beds under government, 17,712 beds are vacant including 1,615 ICU beds.

A total of 197 private hospitals treating Covid patients have 10,346 beds, out of which 5,990 are vacant.