Hyderabad: Telangana health minister Eatala Rajender on 12 March instructed the state health department to conduct 50,000 COVID-19 tests every day in the wake of rising cases in Maharashtra and Karnataka. The minister also asked the medical department to implement testing, tracing, and treatment procedures.

Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Karnataka, Gujarat, and Tamil Naducontinue to report a surge in the COVID-19 cases. They cumulatively account for 85.6 per cent of the new cases reported in the past 24 hours.

India registered 23,285 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours. Maharashtra reported the highest daily new cases at 14,317 (61.48%) followed by Kerala with 2,133 and Punjab with 1,305 new cases.

The TS minister also gave special orders to district medical and health officials of districts adjoining Maharashtra - Nizamabad, Kamareddy, Nirmal, Adilabad, Asifabad, Mancherial, Jayashankar, Bhupalpally, and Jagityal - to implement more precautionary measures.

The minister said the vaccination process would continue and hoped that the rest of the group would also get the vaccine soon.

Telangana reported 181 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday taking the state's overall tally to 3,00,717. The government only tested 21,340 citizens for the virus on Thursday.

The state currently has 1,872 active cases of which 733 are under home isolation. Telangana also reported one new death on 11 March taking the COVID-19 death toll to 1,650.

The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation area reported 44 new cases while Rangareddy reported 19. Districts of Telangana are seeing an increase in cases. Medchal Malkajgiri reported 15 news cases while Karimnagar reported 10 cases.

Around 163 people recovered from the infection on Thursday taking the total number of recoveries in the state to 2,97,195.

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