Infant among 40 positive cases of COVID-19 in T'gana

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Hyderabad, Apr 7 () A 23-day-old baby is among the 40fresh cases of COVID-19 reported in Telangana on Tuesdaytaking the total number of those infected in the state to 348.

A media bulletin on COVID-19 said the total number ofactive cases in the state has jumped to 348.

The number of people who succumbed to the virus remained11 while that of those discharged from hospitals afterrecovery stood (cumulatively) at 45.Advertisement

The infant was among the three COVID-19 cases reported atMahabubnagar in the state on Tuesday.

All the three cases were found to have been infected bythose who returned after attending a religious congregation inDelhi, an official release said.

According to the media bulletin, till date, there hasbeen no evidence of community transmission of the virus in thestate.

The religious congregation attendees and their contactsare being tracked, tested and treated for COVID-19, it said.

It added that measures to contain the virus have beentaken up in all districts where positive cases were reported.Meanwhile, State Health Minister E Rajender said heandMunicipal Administration Minister K T Rama Rao visited theSports Complex at Gachibowli here and a medical college atMoinabad on the outskirts as part of measures to gear up totackle the spread of the virus.Advertisement

The sports complex has been converted into a 1,500-bedhospital following the instructions of Chief Minister KChandrasekhar Rao, in a record time, he said.

ICU and ventilators are also being arranged at thefacility.

He noted that all 22 private medical colleges in thestate are being readied for treatment of COVID-19 patients.Advertisement

Around 12,000 beds have been readied in the privatemedical colleges.

The state government has discussed the COVID-19 situationwith a team from WHO, who have expressed satisfaction over thearrangements being made by it, he claimed.

The state government is procuring more PPE kits and N-95masks.Advertisement

The Chief Minister favours extension of lockdown beyondApril 14 as social distancing is the only way to control thevirus in a country like India, Rajender added. SJRROH ROH

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