TS to launch 7-day sanitation drive from 4 Nov. to prevent COVID-19 spread

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  1 Nov 2020 1:15 PM GMT
TS to launch 7-day sanitation drive from 4 Nov. to prevent COVID-19 spread

Hyderabad: The Telangana government has decided to launch a special sanitation drive in the GHMC area from 4 to 10 November in view of the worldwide spurt in COVID-19 cases following the change in seasonal conditions.

The chief secretary, Somesh Kumar, reviewed the health and sanitation condition in the GHMC area which recently saw a spell of untimely heavy rainfall.

During the meeting, it was decided to clean up garbage points, remove construction and demolition waste, spray disinfectants, and undertake anti-larval and vector control operations in all localities as part of this drive.

The officials said that teams with sufficient manpower and material shall be organised at the ward level. People can also lodge their grievances with the GHMC through the helpline number 040-21111111.

The chief secretary also reviewed the functioning of Basthi Dawakhanas with the secretary of health and the GHMC commissioner. At present, 199 Basthi Dawakhanas are functioning in the GHMC area.

Telangana reported 1,416 new COVID cases on Saturday taking the overall tally to 2,40,048 in the state.

Five new deaths are reported on October 31 taking the total tally to 1,341. The fatality rate in the state is 0.55 per cent which is less than the national average of 1.5 per cent.

The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation area reported 279 new cases while Rangareddy reported 132 new cases. Districts of Telangana is seeing the increase in cases. Medchal Malkajigiri reported 112 new cases while Khammam and Karimnagar both reported 74 new cases.

Around 1,579 citizens recovered from the infection on Saturday taking the tally of total recoveries to 2,20,466. The recovery rate, as per the government now stands at 91.84 per cent, which approximately one equals to the national average of 91.5 per cent.

The government tested 41,675 citizens for the virus on Saturday. So far 43,23,666 samples have been tested in the state. Samples tested per million population stand at 1,16,165. Still, 887 reports are awaited. 18,337 primary contacts are tested on Saturday while 5,001 secondary contacts are tested.

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