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Telangana’s daily Covid count breaches 2,000 mark

In the highest-ever spike in daily Covid-19 count, Telangana on Saturday reported 2,083 new cases pushing the state’s tally to 64,786.

For the first time, the state breached the 2,000-mark in daily cases and it improved on its last count of 1,924 just the day after the state recorded its highest single-day jump till that time.

Eleven people also succumbed to the virus during the last 24 hours ending Friday at 8 p.m. With this the death toll mounted to 530.

The health officials claimed that the fatality rate in the state is low at 0.81 percent against the national average of 2.18 percent.

The percentage of deaths due to comorbidities stands at 53.87.

The break-up of the positive cases shows that Greater Hyderabad, the epicenter of Covid-19, reported 576 cases.

Both Rangareddy and Medchal Malkajgiri districts bordering Greater Hyderabad saw 228 and 197 new cases respectively. Sangareddy, another district that shares its border with Greater Hyderabad, reported 101 new infections.

Two other districts Karimnagar and Warangal Urban saw a surge with 108 and 134 cases respectively. Nizamabad also saw a surge with 73 cases. The number of cases in several other districts continues to climb.

According to a media bulletin released on Saturday by the office of the director of public health and family welfare, over 21,000 tests were conducted for a second consecutive day.

The authorities tested a record of 21,011 samples and of the results of 883 samples were awaited.

The officials claimed that the number of tests being conducted in the state was very high against a target of 5,600 as per the World Health Organisation (WHO) benchmark of 140 per million.

While 16 government and 13 private laboratories were conducted RT-PCR, CBNAAT, and TRUENAT type of tests, 320 centers were doing rapid antigen tests.

The state also has a high recovery rate of 71.7 percent against the national average of 64.54 percent. As many as 1,114 patients recovered during the last 24 hours, taking the total number of recoveries to 46,502.

The total number of active cases stands at 17,754 including 11,359 individuals in-home or institutional isolation. More than 84 percent of those under home isolation are asymptomatic.

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