Telangana Breaches 13,000-mark with over 1,000 New Covid-19 cases; Overtakes MP, Haryana in Tally

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According to a report on private labs, certain labs are not following the SOPs and there have been discrepancies in data pertaining to the number of tests conducted and cases reported.

Telangana on Saturday reported a single day high of 1,087 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the overall tally of infections in the state to 13,436. Six deaths were reported today, taking the toll to 243, according to a state government bulletin.

With this, the southern state overtook Madhya Pradesh and Haryana in overall cases.

Of the 1,087 fresh cases, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for 888 followed by Ranga Reddy district (74) and Medchal (37), the bulletin said.

A total of 4,928 people were discharged after treatment and 8,265 patients were undergoing treatment while the number of cumulative tests stood at 79,231.

According to the expert committee report on private labs, it was observed that certain labs are not following the standard operating procedures (SOPs), the bulletin said.

There have been discrepancies in data pertaining to the number of tests conducted, positives reported and portal updation, it said.

The quality of testing has also been compromised and few labs are reporting close to 70 per cent positivity rate which clearly denotes huge errors in the testing methodology, it said. The expert committee has examined and scrutinised all parameters in the labs concerned in a very elaborate and robust manner.

The authorities of such labs have been directed to rectify all gaps within a period of 48 hours failing which their operations shall be suspended, it said.

Earlier, an inspection of COVID-19 testing by private labs had shown several shortcomings on the part of the labs. Health Minister E Rajender said notices were issued to such private labs.

The minister further said the recruitment process required for in-patients (COVID-19 patients) services has been completed at the Telangana Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (TIMS) at Gachibowli here and doctors and staff would join duty from June 29.

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