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Big dip in Telangana’s Covid cases, says DPH

Published: 3rd Jun 2021 10:42 pm | Updated: 4th Jun 2021 12:25 am

Hyderabad: The lockdown has helped Telangana cut the Covid-19 transmission chain in a major way, with the number of both new cases and active cases witnessing a significant drop. This, in turn, has brought the much-needed respite to the health infrastructure in the State, and to the public as well.

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Director of Public Health Dr G Srinivasa Rao, interacting with the media here on Thursday, said the State had witnessed a significant drop in the rate of daily new Covid infections, positivity rate and active cases.

“We have managed to drastically cut down the transmission chains of SARS-CoV-2 in Telangana, which has led to a drop in positivity rate, new infections and has helped improve the recovery rate of Covid-19 positive patients. As a result, ICU and oxygen beds are available in ample numbers in both private and government hospitals,” Dr Rao said, adding that the ongoing lockdown played a positive role in the reduction of new Covid infections in the State.

“In the initial stages of the lockdown, the number of active Covid infections was close to 57,000, which has now dipped to 33,000. Similarly, the positivity rate at the beginning of the lockdown was 6.74 per cent, and now the rate has gone down to 2.19 per cent, which is a 4.5 percentage drop,” he said.

In the first week of May, the recovery rate of Covid positive cases was close to 88 per cent and after three weeks of lockdown, it had improved to 94 per cent. Overall, in every aspect of the second wave, Telangana was showing clear signs of coming out of the pandemic, he said.

The reduction in Covid-19 cases had also improved the availability of beds in private and government hospitals. “Overall, the State had 55,442 hospital beds in 1,300 private and government hospitals out of which, at present 14,656 hospital beds were occupied while 40,786 hospital beds were vacant. However, the decrease in new Covid infections and improvement in recovery rates was not to be construed as a sign to do away with Covid appropriate behaviour,” he added.

“People must realise that it will take some time to fully come out of this Covid wave. If people let their guard down and are negligent about Covid appropriate behaviour, there will be sporadic instances of surge in positive cases,” Director of Medical Education Dr K Ramesh Reddy said.

While there is a drop in positivity rate of Covid infections in urban centres, a similar drop has not taken place in rural areas. “For the next 10 days, we will be focussing our attention towards the task of reducing daily new infections in the districts of Telangana,” the officials said.

Look for MIS-C symptoms in children, parents told

Hyderabad: The health authorities here on Thursday urged parents of children, who have recovered from Covid-19, to keep an eye on symptoms that could indicate Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C). The MIS-C is a serious medical condition among children and causes failure of multiple organs, leading to a quick fatality.

“Unlike adults, Covid-19 positive children seldom experience serious symptoms. However, in very rare situations, a few months after recovery, children may start developing fever lasting for more than a day, fast heartbeat, diarrhoea etc. Parents should be able to identify such symptoms because quick identification increases chances of survival,” Director of Medical Education (DME) Dr K Ramesh Reddy said.

Based on estimates provided by Indian Academy of Paediatric Intensive Care, close to 100 MIS-C cases among children have been reported in Northern India. “MIS-C in children causes inflammation of multiple organs like heart, lungs, kidney, digestive system, brain. It’s a very rare medical condition and children, if provided treatment at the right time, will recover,” he said.

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