Hyderabad: Telangana reported the highest-ever single day COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday with 23 people succumbing to the infection.
The state also reported 5,567 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, taking the overall tally to 3,73,468.
The state reported 23 new deaths, the highest single-day deaths since the starting of the pandemic started taking the overall toll to 1,899. The fatality rate in the state is 0.50 percent which is less than the national average of 1.2 percent.
Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) area on Wednesday reported 989 new cases. Neighboring Rangareddy district reported 437 new cases. Medchal Malkajgiri reported 421 and Sangareddy 176 new cases.
Other districts of Telangana are also seeing a surge in cases. Nizamabad on Wednesday reported 367 new cases while Mahboobnagar reported 258 cases, Kamareddy reported 206 cases, and Jagtial 200 cases.
Around 2,251 citizens recovered from the infection on Wednesday taking the total recoveries to 3,21,788 in the state. The recovery rate, as per the government, now stands at 86.16 percent, which is approximately two percent higher than the national average of 84.5 percent.
The state has 49,781 active cases currently. The state health department has removed the column of patients under home isolation from the medical bulletin.
The government tested 1,02,335 citizens on Wednesday. The state had tested 1,30,105 citizens on Tuesday. So far 1,21,75,425 samples have been tested in the state. Samples tested per million population stand at 3,27,120. Reports of 4,701 samples are awaited. The state tested 48.9 percent primary contacts while 11.5 percent secondary contacts.
There are only 20 Government RT-PCR / CBNAAT / TRUENAT centers in the state. Around 60 private centers too are operational. On Wednesday, 85,651 tests were conducted at government centers, while 16,684 tests were conducted at Private centers.
Also, 79.5 percent of patients were asymptomatic, while 20.5 percent are symptomatic.
Meanwhile, India reported 3,14,835 new COVID19 cases, the highest daily increase in infections since the pandemic. No country has recorded more cases in a single day. There were 2,104 fatalities on April 21.