He said that the Telangana government is on high alert in the wake of rising corona cases in neighbouring states, especially Maharashtra.
“With cases increasing a bit more, we will be in the thick of a second wave. While we are gearing up to tackle the virus, the most important thing to do now is to wear masks. We require support from people, which is primarily wearing masks and vaccination. People should go for it and it will be a protection during the second wave,” said Dr G Srinivasa Rao, director of public health, Telangana.
With the number of cases rising at the rate of 50-60 per day, the positivity rate has already doubled up in the last one week. While the positivity rate (which is indicated by the number of persons testing positive out of the people tested) has gone down to 0.45% on March 14, the positivity rate stood at 0.9% on March 22.
While on one hand the number of cases have shot up, a further spike in cases is inevitable with people not following Covid precautions, and the police and GHMC not doing enough to enforce the mask rule.
To make matters worse, 90% cases are being detected as asymptomatic, which means many people have become super spreaders.
Critical cases of Covid-19 are on the rise too. From 39 cases at the beginning of the month, the state-run Gandhi hospital alone has 70 severe cases currently.
“At the moment we have 70 critical Covid-19 patients who are either on ventilator or might require ventilator support at any moment. Their oxygen saturation levels are less than 85%. They are either on non-invasive ventilators, C-tap or on high flow oxygen supply,” said Dr M Raja Rao, superintendent, Gandhi hospital.
The second wave could be more dangerous for the vulnerable population, officials said. “The vulnerable population, especially the elderly and people with comorbidites, should not delay having the vaccine,” added Dr Rao.