Telangana needs to ramp up COVID-19 tests, recovery rate shows improvement: Union Minister Kishan Reddy

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He said the Centre provided about 14 lakh N-95 masks, about 2,40,000 PPE kits and 1,400 ventilators to Telangana

Union Minister G Kishan Reddy said that Telangana should increase COVID-19 tests even though the state showed improvement in the recovery rate.

Speaking to reporters in Hyderabad on Sunday, the Union minister said that the recovery rate is good in Telangana.

“But, I feel the number of tests need to increase," he added.

Reddy said that he took up the matter with state Health Minister Eatala Rajender and said that the state government was making efforts to step up testing.

Reddy said that Telangana stood at seventh place from the bottom as far as tests were concerned and expressed the hope that the state would take measures to move up in the list as it was rich and developed.

For improving the treatment facilities, he said that the Centre provided about 14 lakh N-95 masks, about 2,40,000 PPE kits and 1,400 ventilators, among others, to Telangana. Reddy said that the Centre was ready to provide more ventilators to the state.

Meanwhile, Telangana reported 2,384 cases of coronavirus on Saturday, taking the total number of cases in the state to 1,04,249, said a state bulletin.

The death toll rose to 755, with 11 fatalities in the last 24 hours. The number of recoveries touched 80,856 and there are as many as 22,908 active cases in the state now.

The recovery rate in the state is 77.30 percent as compared with the national recovery rate of 74.69 percent.

Hyderabad recorded 472 fresh infections while the number of cases in a few districts saw a considerable rise. Nizamabad reported 148 cases, Nalgonda has 137, Rangareddy had 131, Karimnagar witnessed 120, Suryapet had 110 new cases and Jagityal and Khammam recorded 105 cases each.

The case fatality rate stands at 0.72 percent while the national average is 1.87 percent.

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