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Jun 15, 2020

Telangana govt to scale up Coronavirus Testing

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The Telangana government has decided to scale up Coronavirus Testing especially in Hyderabad and surrounding 4 districts. Also decided to allow for the first time, testing and treatment in private laboratories and hospitals as per the ICMR guidelines.

Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao has taken a decision to this effect at a review meeting held in Hyderabad last evening. 50 thousand COVID-19 tests will be held in 30 Assembly constituencies including those in Hyderabad in the next 10 days. The Chief Minister also directed the officials to formulate the guidelines and rates for conducting the tests and treatment for those who are tested positive. It may be recalled that the state High Court last week has issued directions to the State Government regarding scaling up tests and allowing private hospitals to treat COVID-19 patients.  

Meanwhile, Telangana state reported 237 new Coronavirus positive cases on a single day yesterday. Out of this, 195 reported from Hyderabad and its municipal area itself. A legislator from Nizamabad district, B. Govardhan and Officer on Special Duty with the state Health Minister and 23 journalists are also among them who tested positive for Coronavirus. With this, total reported COVID-19 cases in the state have gone up to 4974. After discharging 25 people who recovered, the total recoveries in the state so far has gone up to 2377. On the other hand, three deaths were also reported in the state yesterday taking the death toll due to COVID-19 and other comorbidities to 185.

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