Hyderabad: In view of the rapid surge in COVID-19 cases in the state, Hyderabad's Gandhi Hospital on 16 April said it has stopped admitting non- COVID cases and has reserved all the beds for COVID-19 patients.

The superintendent of Gandhi Hospital said the decision was taken in view of the rapid increase in the number of COVID-19 patients all over the state and in accordance with instructions from the secretary of health, medical, and family welfare and the director of medical education to stop all non-COVID and out-patient services in Gandhi Hospital immediately.

The superintendent directed the heads of departments and faculty members not to admit any non-COVID cases and said emergency and terminally-ill patients should be stabilized and then transferred.

He also directed that patients in their respective wards should be cleared at the earliest and all the beds made available for COVID-19 patients. Coronavirus patients will be admitted in all wards in all departments, the superintendent said, adding all departments should provide medical care to COVID-19 patients round-the-clock without fail.

Meanwhile, Telangana reported the highest single-day spike with 3,840 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday. The previous highest single-day spike was on April 14 when the state reported 3,307 COVID positive cases. The overall tally has touched 3,41,885 in the state.

Fourteen districts of Telangana reported cases in triple-digit numbers. Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) area on Thursday reported 505 new cases. Neighboring Rangareddy district reported 302 new cases. Medchal Malkajgiri reported 407 and Sangareddy 175 new cases.

Other districts of Telangana are also seeing a surge in cases. Nizamabad on Thursday reported 303 new cases while Jagtial reported 167 cases. Nirmal reported 159 cases, Kamareddy 144, Karimnagar 124 cases, Mahaboobnagar 124 cases, Nalgonda 116 cases, Warangal Urban 114 cases, Khammam 111 cases and Mancherial reported 101 cases

The state reported nine new deaths on April 15 taking the overall toll to 1,797. The fatality rate in the state is 0.52 percent which is less than the national average of 1.3 percent.

Around 1198 citizens recovered from the infection on Thursday taking total recoveries to 3,09,594 in the state. The recovery rate, as per the government, now stands at 90.55 percent, which is approximately three percent higher than the national average of 87.8 percent.

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