In view of the spurt of cases, health minister Eatala Rajender conducted a video conference with health officials and assessed the vaccine drive as well. The cumulative caseload reached 3.08 lakh with four more deaths reported on Thursday, taking the toll to 1,701.
The minister instructed officials to make sure that there is enough supply of medicines, PPE kits, N95 masks, liquid oxygen tanks, bulk cylinders and tablets. He also said there must be enough manpower including doctors and other staff.
Officials were instructed to observe all fever-related cases. “Vaccination is the only way to break the chain of virus. We appeal to people to take vaccine doses. Vaccination will be made available at Primary Health Care Centres (PHC). Social distance measures have to be maintained,” Rajender said.
In the city, experts explained that this time more number of children and very young people are getting infected as seen in neighbouring Karnataka. “There was anticipation of this in that state and closing down schools was a good decision considering a cluster of cases being reported,” Dr Subodh said.
Officials also observed that Hyderabad being the centre of business activity there is a large influx of people from other states. “This is the reason why we are advising people to be more cautious,” a health official said.
Meanwhile, Banjara Hills police station is facing the brunt of the virus again with five people testing positive, including one home guard and four police personnel. Last year, 56 people tested positive from the same police station. One person had also succumbed to virus.
More worrisome is the trend in districts, where cases are increasing fast. Nirmal district, which reported almost zero cases few days ago reported 78 cases in last 24 hours. In Siripur village of Jagityal district, 27 people — all related — tested positive. This followed many people attending a funeral. After one person was tested, officials tested 37, and 27 results came positive. Jagityal, Nizamabad and Nirmal districts are seeing more cases.