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Andhra Pradesh, Telangana Coronavirus highlights: Telangana reports 983 new Covid-19 cases

Andhra Pradesh recorded over 8,500 new cases on Sunday, with 67 deaths in the last 24 hours.

By: Express Web Desk | Hyderabad, New Delhi | Updated: August 4, 2020 7:22:10 am
Andhra Pradesh, Telangana Coronavirus Live Updates: People stand near a Covid-19 mobile testing facility, at Jafarguda near Karwan in the old city of Hyderabad, Friday, July 31, 2020. (PTI Photo)

The Covid-19 surge continued in Andhra Pradesh with the addition of 7,822 fresh cases on Monday, taking the tally to 1,66,586. While 5,786 patients had recovered and been discharged from hospitals across the state, another 63 succumbed to the pandemic in the last 24 hours, a government bulletin said. With a total of 88,672 recoveries so far, the number of active cases now stood at 76,377 and the total fatalities increased to 1,537, the bulletin added.

The Covid-19 infection positivity rate climbed to 7.69 per cent, with over 20.65 lakh tests so far.

Telangana, meanwhile, reported 983 new Covid-19 cases and 11 deaths, taking the state’s total tally to 67,660 and death toll to 551, according to the state government bulletin issued on Sunday.

Out of the fresh cases, 273 were reported from the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), 73 from Ranga Reddy district, 57 from Warangal Urban, 42 from Nizamabad, 37 from Sangareddy, followed by others, the state bulletin said.

The bulletin said 1,019 people were discharged, taking the cumulative recoveries to 48,609 so far, while 18,500 remain under treatment. Cumulatively, 4,87,238 have been tested so far, with 9,443 samples tested on Sunday.

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Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Hyderabad Coronavirus highlights

23:02 (IST)03 Aug 2020
Hyderabad hospital loses permission for Covid treatment over ‘surplus billing’

In a first, the state government Monday evening cancelled the permission granted to a private hospital in the city to treat COVID-19 patients. The office of the Director of Public Health and Family Welfare found the Deccan Hospitals guilty of “inappropriate and surplus billing” for COVID-19 management services.

Private hospitals in the state were allowed to treat COVID-19 patients from mid-June onwards. In the last month, several instances of hospitals refusing to hand over the body of the deceased to their families for want of full settlement of medical bills, complaints of poor treatment and neglect despite exorbitant charges and denial of treatment have emerged in Hyderabad. This is the first time any action has been taken against a private hospital. Read more

22:46 (IST)03 Aug 2020
Drug Control Authority to be strengthened: Andhra CM

Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy said that Drug Control Authority should be strengthened and fake medicines should be weeded out in the interest of public health During a review meeting held here on Monday, the Chief Minister said that labs should be strengthened, Vigilance and Intelligence Wing should be started and defaulters should be penalized The State government should take tough action against the manufacturing and marketing of fake drugs besides strengthening the drug control authority with better infrastructure and manpower.

20:37 (IST)03 Aug 2020
Andhra reports 7,822 COVID-19 cases, 63 fatalities

The Covid-19 surge continued in Andhra Pradesh with the addition of 7,822 fresh cases on Monday, taking the tally to 1,66,586. While 5,786 patients had recovered and been discharged from hospitals across the state, another 63 succumbed to the pandemic in the last 24 hours, a government bulletin said. With a total of 88,672 recoveries so far, the number of active cases now stood at 76,377 and the total fatalities increased to 1,537, the bulletin added.

14:17 (IST)03 Aug 2020
Nearly 53,000 new cases reported in India

With nearly 53,000 new cases (52,972), the number of confirmed infections in India crossed the 18-lakh mark on Monday. As many as 771 casualties took place in the last 24 hours, pushing the death toll to 38,135. Of the 18,03,696 cases, 5,79,357 are active, while 11,86,203 have been cured.

13:09 (IST)03 Aug 2020
Covid-19 vaccine tracker, August 3: Why so many vaccines are being developed

According to the latest list of the World Health Organisation, at least 165 vaccines for novel Coronavirus were being developed across the world. There are possibly more, but still in the early stages, and not listed by WHO. Those that are listed have all entered at least the pre-clinical trials stage. Some of them are in the final stage of human trials, possibly only a few months away from hitting the market (a Russian vaccine promises to be ready in weeks, if not in days), while many others are just getting into animal trials, and are perhaps a couple of years away from becoming ready.

But why are so many vaccines being developed? Do we need so many Coronavirus vaccines? Wouldn’t one be enough? Wouldn’t the first one to hit the market make others redundant? Aren’t then we wasting huge amount of money and resources in duplicating efforts? Shouldn’t everyone collaborate to produce just one effective vaccine, and concentrate our efforts in ensuring that it is made available to all? Read on to know

11:16 (IST)03 Aug 2020
As Covid-19 patient dies at home, big gaps in Telangana’s protocols come to life

Suryaprakash Rao died at his residence on the outskirts of Hyderabad in the early hours of July 28. But that was just the beginning of a rather long ordeal for the family of the 82-year-old, a diabetic who had tested positive for novel coronavirus four days earlier along with his daughter-in-law and two grandchildren. His son was already undergoing treatment for the disease at a corporate hospital.

After the death was confirmed by personnel attached to the 108 ambulance services, the family members informed the local Keesara police station and the call center of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation. They were then directed to officials at Nagaram municipality as the locality they resided in, they were informed by the call center executive, was now part of the municipality and not GHMC. Jurisdictional contradiction was just the beginning of it. Read more here 

10:20 (IST)03 Aug 2020
Nearly 11,911 Covid-19 patients in home/institutional isolation in Telangana

According to the Telangana government bulletin issued on Sunday, out of the 18,500 active cases in the state, as many as 11,911 people remain in home/institutional isolation.

22:09 (IST)02 Aug 2020
Liquor sales decline up to 60% in May-June in states with high Corona cess: Report

States which imposed more than 50 per cent COVID-cess on liquor after the resumption of retail trade post lockdown witnessed an average 59 per cent decline in sales in May and June due to higher tariffs, a report by trade association CIABC claimed.

States as Delhi, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, J&K and Pudducherry, which had imposed a COVID-cess of 50 per cent and above reported a decline of 66 per cent in May and 51 per cent in June compared to the year-ago period, the report by Confederation of Indian Alcoholic Beverage Companies (CIABC) said.

While, states as Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Kerala and Jharkhand, which had imposed a COVID-cess between 15-50 per cent reported an average decline of 34 per cent in sales, the report stated. (PTI)

19:24 (IST)02 Aug 2020
Andhra Pradesh: Three-day-long 'Pavitrotsavams' ritual begins at Kanak Durga Temple

The three-day-long 'Pavitrotsavams' ritual began at Kanak Durga Temple in Vijayawada today.

15:47 (IST)02 Aug 2020
Andhra's pace pushing India's tally higher

While there are all indications that important gains have been achieved in some states, the situation in many other states continue to present a very sobering picture. Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Bihar, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Assam and Odisha are all growing at a fast pace, and pushing India’s overall tally higher and higher every day.

In the projections of Sinha’s team, Andhra Pradesh has the highest R-value, 1.48, in the entire country right now, compared to the current national average of 1.16. It means every group of 100 infected persons in Andhra Pradesh have been passing on the infection to another 148 people on an average. This is consistent with the fact that Andhra Pradesh has been the fastest growing state in the country for more than two weeks now. In July, its total caseload has increased by over nine times.

14:06 (IST)02 Aug 2020
Hyderabad Airport gets mass fever screening system

Hyderabad International Airport received UNICEF-funded mass fever screening system from the government of India on Sunday. A press release said the new thermal scanner will be used by the Airport health officials of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. It is capable of scanning, detecting and tracking people with high temperatures.

At the Hyderabad Airport on Sunday.

12:44 (IST)02 Aug 2020
Telangana health minister visits TIMS Hyderabad

Telangana Health Minister Eatala Rajender visited the Telangana Institute of Medical Sciences  (TIMS) on Sunday and reviewed the new hospital's functioning. 

11:53 (IST)02 Aug 2020
Variant of coronavirus brought in by travellers from Europe most dominant in India

The first report in India on the genome of SARS-CoV-2 has found that a particular variant of the virus brought in mainly by travellers from Europe has become the most prominent across the country, giving rise to the hope that it may be easier to deal with a more “homogenous’’ entity than those with different lineages.

According to scientists involved in the study, the finding also suggests that the stringent nationwide lockdown that was in place between March and May “has actually worked’’ since the ban on international and inter-state travel “prevented the entry of new lineages of the virus”.

10:51 (IST)02 Aug 2020
India's Covid-19 tally crosses 17 lakh

India's coronavirus tally crossed the 17-lakh mark on Sunday, just two days after it went past the 16 lakh, with 54,735 cases being reported in the past 24 hours, PTI reported.The total recoveries crossed 11 lakh, as per Health Ministry data.

The total cases in the country now stand at 17,50,723, while the death toll due to the virus rose to 37,364 with 853 deaths in a day, data from the ministry showed.

Andhra Pradesh, Telangana Coronavirus Live Updates: A person gets his nasal swab sample taken for Covid-19 test at Government Fever Hospital in Hyderabad, July 23, 2020. (AP/PTI)

In Andhra Pradesh, coronavirus cases are rising rapidly in Visakhapatnam district, with 1,277 cases in the last 24 hours, pushing its overall caseload to 13,147.

East Godavari district added another 930 infections, taking the total number of cases to 22,201. Around 996 cases were added in Kurnool district, with six fatalities. Chitoor reported 781 new cases, Anantapuramu 696, Guntur 639, Vizianagaram 637 and West Godavari 550 cases.

Out of the 52,834 tests conducted as on Sunday, 19,155 were rapid antigens.

Meanwhile, Telangana Health Minister Eatala Rajendar on Saturday directed an inquiry by a committee of senior officials to be held into complaints of private hospitals charging exorbitant fees for coronavirus treatment, PTI reported. He sais steps should be taken to ensure that fees as decided by the government is implemented and report on empty beds in hospitals is communicated to the government promptly, an official release said.

The minister also directed that tough action should be taken against hospitals that do not follow regulations. He held a review over complaints against private hospitals and said it is not appropriate for them to burden the patients in the name of PPE kits, cost of medicines, ICU charges and high salaries to medical personnel though the government has fixed the fees for coronavirus treatment.