Hyderabad: The head priest of the famous Lal Darwaza Simhavahini Mahankali temple was admitted to Princess Esra Hospital in the city on 23 April with COVID-related complications.

Narsimahaiah Garu, 80, had tested positive for the virus last week.

Speaking to NewsMeter, P. Vittal, the public secretary of Lal Darwaza, the head priest was doing fine after testing positive for COVID-19 but his oxygen level dropped on Thursday. However, he could not be admitted due to the unavailability of beds in several hospitals.

Later, the priest's relatives contacted Hyderabad MP and AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi who told the relative to admit him to Owaisi-run trust hospital, Princess Esra Hospital.

According to the hospital, the priest is being given oxygen and his condition is stable. The doctors are monitoring his situation.

Meanwhile, For the first time, Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) areas' single-day COVID tally breached 1000 mark on Thursday.

The GHMC areas reported 1,005 new cases on Thursday. The state reported 6,206 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, taking the overall tally to 3,79,494. The state also crossed 50,000 active cases mark taking the tally to 52,726.

The state reported 29 new deaths, the highest single-day toll since the onset of the pandemic. The death has now touched 1,928. The fatality rate in the state is 0.50 percent which is less than the national average of 1.1 percent.

Medchal Malkajgiri reported 502 cases, Rangareddy reported 373 cases and Sangareddy 185 new cases.

Other districts of Telangana are also seeing a surge in cases. Nizamabad on Thursday reported 406 new cases, while Mahboobnagar reported 271, Jagtial 257 and Siddipet 200 cases.

Around 3,052 citizens recovered from the infection on Thursday taking the total recoveries to 3,24,840 in the state. The recovery rate, as per the government, now stands at 85.59 percent, which is approximately two percent higher than the national average of 83.9 percent. The state health department has removed the column of patients under home isolation from the medical bulletin.

The government tested 1,05,602 citizens on Thursday. So far 1,22,81,027 samples have been tested in the state. Samples tested per million population stand at 3,29,957. Reports of 5,531 samples are awaited. The state tested 49.9 percent primary contacts while 12.1 percent secondary contacts.

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