Hyderabad: The Telangana director of public health, Dr. G. Srinivas Rao, has tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday. He is being hospitalized for isolation and necessary treatment.
"I reaffirm that there is no cause for any worry/anxiety about my health and I shall be back in action, shortly. Requesting all to take good care against COVID by following COVID-appropriate behavior strictly," he said in a statement.
Meanwhile, 2447 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Telangana on 17 January, pushing the cumulative caseload to 7,11,656. Three COVID-19 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours in the state.
The number of active cases in the state currently stands at 22,197.
The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) reported the highest number of cases (1,112) in the last 24 hours followed by Medchal-Malkajgiri (235), Rangareddy (183), and Hanumakonda (80).
A total of 2,295 people recovered from coronavirus statewide in a span of 24 hours taking the overall recoveries so far to 6,85,399 constituting a recovery rate of 96.31%.
As many as 80,138 samples were tested in the state during the past 24 hours out of which the results of 10,732 swab samples are awaited. A total of 3,07,09,658 COVID-19 tests have been carried out in the state since the outbreak of the pandemic.