(EDs: Adds CM's quote) Hyderabad, Apr 25 (PTI) Telangana saw the highest number of daily coronavirus cases as well as related deaths with 8,126 people being infected by the virus and 38 more succumbing to the disease, the state government said on Sunday.
The total caseload stands at over 3.95 lakh while the toll rose to 1,999.
Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 1259, followed by Medchal Malkajgiri 676 and Rangareddy 591, it said in a bulletin, providing details as of 8 PM on April 24.
The total number of cumulative cases in the state stood at 3,95,232 while 3,307 patients were cured, taking the total recoveries to 3,30,304.
The state has 62,929 active cases and over 1.08 lakh samples were tested on Saturday.
In view of the unexpected surge in coronavirus cases, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao has taken a key decision to appoint adequate staff in 114 hospitals to bring proper and quality medical care to the people, a release from the CM's office said.
As per the orders issued by the CM, 144 Doctors, 527 Nurses, 84 Lab Technicians, and in all 755 posts were sanctioned.
Rao further instructed the District Collectors to organise a special recruitment drive due to the emergency situation, conduct interviews, and finish the appointment process in five days, the release added.
Cumulatively, over 1.24 crore samples have been tested.
The samples tested per million population was over 3.35 lakh, the bulletin said.
The case fatality rate in the state was 0.50 per cent, while it was 1.1 per cent at the national level.
The recovery rate in Telangana was 83.57 per cent, while it was 83 per cent in the country.
The state has 293 active micro containment zones.
According to a separate release, over 35.14 lakh people in the state have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine while over 4.91 lakh got their second shot also as of April 24.
Telangana Health Minister E Rajender said he has already written to the Centre seeking more COVID-19 testing kits for the state.
Rajender, who held a teleconference with health officials, said Asha workers should check the oxygen level and fever of those coronavirus patients, who are in home isolation twice in a day.
In the wake of rise in COVID-19 cases, the state government on Sunday declared summer holidays for all schools and junior colleges from April 27 till May 31.
April 26 will be the last working day of the academic year.
Education Minister Sabitha Indra Reddy said depending on the COVID-19 situation, the government will take a call on June 1 regarding reopening of schools and junior colleges.
The government has already cancelled the board exams of Class 10 and passed 5,21,392 students, the Minister said.
Similarly, 53,79,388 students of Class 1-9 were also promoted, she added.
Meanwhile, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy on Sunday visited TIMS Hospital here and interacted with patients.
He said sufficient ventilators provided under PM-CARES are available at the hospital.
He also reviewed the progress on the upcoming oxygen plant at TIMS by the central government which will generate 1000 ltr/minute of oxygen.
Reddy also visited the ESI Hospital and Medical College.
He later held a video conference with DRDO Chairman G Satheesh Reddy and others on steps to augment oxygen supplies, an official release said. PTI GDK VVK ROH ROH