Spike in Covid cases continues in Telangana, toll rises to 17

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Hyderabad: One more person died of coronavirus in Telangana as the state continued to see a spike in coronavirus cases with 61 new cases on Monday.

The government has kept all laboratories and hospitals ready in view of the increase in the number of cases. Officials said infrastructure was ready to do 1,000 to 1,100 tests every day and to treat any number of patients.

With one more death reported on Monday, the death toll in the state has gone up to 17. Five of the fatalities occurred during the last three days.

With 61 more persons testing positive for Covid-19 on Monday, the total number of cases rose to 592. Till Sunday, 103 persons were discharged from hospitals.

With Greater Hyderabad alone accounting for 216 cases, Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao directed officials to pay more attention to the state capital.

KCR held a high-level review meeting on measures taken to contain the spread of coronavirus, implementation of lockdown and other issues.

“More cases are getting registered in the Greater Hyderabad area. Here there are more chances of the persons with positive cases quickly spreading it to others. Hence there should be a special strategy for Hyderabad,” he said.

He wanted officials to treat 17 circles of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) as 17 units. “In every unit, appoint a special medical officer, municipal officer, police officer and revenue officer. The entire municipal administration department should involve themselves in prevention of the coronavirus programme,” he said.

Pointing out that out of 246 Containment centres created in the state, 126 are in Hyderabad alone, he asked officials to manage the centres more effectively.