Hyderabad: The number of COVID-19 cases in the state has been surging, ever since the Telangana began to implement mass testing. On June 20, Telangana witnessed its highest surge in COVID-19 cases in a single day, with 546 cases being reported.
With this, the total number of COVID-19 cases reported in the state has crossed 7,000. Meanwhile, the state has 3, 363 active COVID-19 patients, undergoing treatment for the disease, as of June 20.
Telangana also reported five deaths due to COVID-19 on Saturday, taking the total death toll to 203. The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) area continues to see the most number of COVID cases in the state, with 458 new cases reported on Saturday alone.
Rangareddy district reported 50 new cases, while Medchal saw 6 new cases on Saturday.
It may be noted that Telangana was the only state which did not provide the daily number of COVID-19 tests conducted until June 15. With mass testing that followed, Telangana has seen over 1,800 COVID-19 cases in the past five days.
Following the measures announced by Telangana chief minister K. Chandrasekhara Rao to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the state, authorities have ramped up the number of COVID-19 tests conducted, with daily testing numbers made public in the health bulletin.
Comparing the number of COVID-19 cases in the state since June 16, one can notice a spike in the number of patients, with Telangana witnessing highest number of cases yesterday, at 546 new cases. While on June 16, the number of positive cases was 213, by June 19, 499 COVID-19 cases were reported in a single day, showing the rise in the cases with increasing tests.
Since June 15, the Telangana government has allowed private hospitals and labs to conduct Covid-19 tests and provide treatment, while fixing a cap on the charges. Earlier, when these private labs were given approval from ICMR to conduct tests, the state government had put a hold on the process.