Cases in bordering states a concern for Telangana officials | Sidnaz Blog

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HYDERABAD: Telangana, with over 80,000 active Covid-19 cases, is now among the top 15 states in terms of active infection. It is also among the top 15 in the country for cumulative infections as the second wave of the pandemic has hit the state hard. The positivity rate in neighbouring states is also a concern for authorities who are battling to contain infections.
Among neighbouring states, Maharashtra currently reporting a positivity rate of around 20 per cent, Chhattisgarh reporting around 25 per cent and Karnataka reporting a 24 per cent positivity rate has become a concern for Telangana authorities. The state currently had a positivity rate of around nine per cent in July last year but this number has jumped to around 10 per cent during the second wave.
Neighbours Andhra Pradesh too have a positivity rate of 10 per cent, further highlighting the need to closely monitor states around Telangana. Nizamabad, which is on the border with Maharashtra, had become a hotspot but infections seemed to be plateauing. “A lot depends on the behaviour of people, especially in the absence of serious restrictions barring a night curfew,” a top state official said.
The official said that while many were observed to have dropped their guard before the second wave, the government’s appeal to remain cautious, especially during festivities around the time of the second wave led to more disciplined behaviour among people. He said that this was observed during Holi celebrations.
Going by data in the health department’s bulletins, at least 22 districts, including Hyderabad, are reporting a higher number of cases during the second wave as compared to the numbers recorded during the first wave. Along with Hyderabad (GHMC), many districts are reporting positivity rates between eight and ten per cent.
However, experts said that if the active case load remains stable and not rise at an alarming rate, the situation can be brought under control with strict discipline measures. “The recovery rate is still doing well. If the recovery rate rate drops and positivity rate also rises higher, then the situation will become worrisome. People need to restrict their habits and stay safe,” said ASCI centre for health director, Dr Subodha Kandamuthan.


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