Hyderabad: Telangana reported 403 new COVID cases on Sunday taking the overall tally to 3,06,742 in the state.

The state reported two new deaths on March 28 taking the total death toll to 1,690. The fatality rate in the state is 0.55 percent which is less than the national average of 1.3 percent.

The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) area on Sunday reported 146 new cases. The neighboring Rangareddy district reported 34 new cases. Medchal Malkajgiri reported 40 and Sangareddy 24 new cases.

Other districts of Telangana are also seeing a surge in cases. Mahboobnagar and Yadadri Bhongir on Sunday reported 11 new cases each while Karimnagar and Nizamabad reported 10 new cases each.

Around 313 citizens recovered from the infection on Sunday taking total recoveries to 3,00,469 in the state. The recovery rate, as per the government, now stands at 97.95 percent, which is approximately three percent higher than the national average of 94.3 percent.

The government tested 33,930 citizens on Sunday. So far 1,00,53,0026 samples have been tested in the state. Samples tested per million population stand at 2,70,097. Reports of 1421 samples are awaited. The state tested 14,929 (44%) primary contacts while 4,071 (12%) secondary contacts.

There are only 20 Government RT-PCR / CBNAAT / TRUENAT centers in the state. Around 60 private centers too are operational. On Thursday, 28,202 tests were conducted at Government centers.

Meanwhile, on Saturday the Telangana Government has issued an order making the wearing of mask mandatory in public places and imposing restrictions on public gatherings, congregations, rallies and processions during the upcoming religious events to prevent the spread of COVID19.

Meanwhile, a total of 68,020 new cases were reported in a day, the highest recorded since October 11 last year, taking the country's tally of cases to 1,20,39,644, while the death toll increased to 1,61,843 with 291 fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed. As many as 74,383 new cases were recorded in a span of 24 hours on October 11.

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