Hyderabad: Two COVID recovered patient tested positive again in Telangana, state health minister Etela Rajender said on 25 August.

Mr. Rajender, however, said that there was no guarantee that the coronavirus would not return again. Of the over one lakh cases in the state, two patients were infected again, he said. He also said that the positivity rate, the percentage of samples that test positive from the total samples collected, has come down to four-five per cent while the mortality rate stands at 0.7-0.8 per cent.

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The health minister also said that beds with oxygen facilities are available in all government hospitals in Telangana, adding that all beds in district hospitals have also been fitted with oxygen. He asked people not to panic if they test positive. Mr. Rajender also advised them not to prevent the bodies of COVID-19 victims from being brought into towns and villages

On 25 August, Telangana tested more than 53,000 samples, crossing the 10 lakh-mark in terms of the total number of tests conducted. “Recently, we ramped up testing and are now conducting 50,000 tests per day and the positivity rate is around five per cent. Earlier, the positivity rate ranged between 20-25 per cent,” said Dr. G Srinivas Rao the director of public health, Telangana government., adding, the state had conducted more than five lakh tests just this month.

The government also said that the main goal is to detect the virus early and treat patients accordingly. For this purpose, around 1,100 testing centres have been set up in the state that are conducting both rapid antigen and RT-PCR tests. The state has also set up a special facility at NIMS for health professionals. “Almost 16 people have died and more than 2,000 health care professionals infected in the state. At NIMS, there is a separate ward for health care professionals and we are also taking care of their family,” said Dr. Rao.

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