Telangana reports 2,055 new COVID-19 cases, 7 deaths push toll

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(Eds: Adds details) Hyderabad, Apr 8 (PTI) COVID-19 cases in Telangana breached the 2,000-mark with 2,055 fresh infections pushing the tally to 3.18 lakh, while the toll rose to 1,741 with seven more fatalities.

Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 398, followed by Medchal Malkajgiri (214) and Rangareddy (174), a government bulletin said on Thursday, providing details as of 8 PM on April 7.

The total number of cases stood at 3,18,704 while with 303 patients being cured, the total recoveries were at 3,03,601.

The state has 13,362 active cases and 87, 332 samples were tested on Wednesday.

Cumulatively, over 1.06 crore samples have been tested.

The samples tested per million population was over 2.86 lakh, the bulletin said.

The case fatality rate in the state was 0.54 per cent, while it was 1.3 per cent at the national level.

The recovery rate in Telangana was 95.26 per cent, while it was 92.7 per cent in the country.

According to a separate release, over 14.04 lakh people in the state have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine while over 2.76 lakh got their second shot also as of April 6.

Meanwhile, the Hyderabad Kirana Merchants Association at Begum Bazar in the city, a popular wholesale market, decided to restrict the business hours in view of the sharp rise in daily cases.

For the safety of traders, customers and employees of business establishments, it was resolved to restrict the business hours between 9 am and 5 pm from April 9, said Mahesh Kumar Gupta of the Association.

Earlier the normal business hours used to be between 10.30 am to 9.30 pm.

The members of the association were asked to abide by the decisions taken, including to strictly comply with COVID-19 norms such social distancing and wearing of facemasks.

They were also asked to request customers to use masks.