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Telangana, Andhra Pradesh Coronavirus July 10 Updates: Two states with highest growth rate

The number of cases in Telangana crossed the 30,000 mark as 1,410 new cases were reported Thursday. In Andhra, 1,555 fresh cases were discovered, taking the state's total figure to 23,814.

By: Express Web Desk | Hyderabad | Updated: July 11, 2020 10:04:35 am
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The number of Covid-19 cases in the state of Telangana crossed the 30,000 mark as 1,410 new cases were reported Thursday. There are 12,423 patients being treated for the disease, while 18,192 have been discharged. At least 331 people have succumbed to the virus. Of the total cases, 918 have been reported from Hyderabad.

The Telangana government has made elaborate arrangements to treat Covid-19 patients. As of Thursday, 91 per cent of the 17,081 available beds in the state were vacant.

In Andhra Pradesh, meanwhile, 1,555 fresh cases of the novel coronavirus were discovered on Thursday, taking the state’s total figure to 23,814. This includes 11,383 active cases, 12,154 recoveries and 277 fatalities. Krishna and Chittoor districts now have over 2,000 cases each while Visakhapatnam has recorded over 1,000 cases.

Telangana and Andhra are among the states with the highest growth rate.

Meanwhile, for the first time Thursday, India recorded over 25,000 cases in a single day taking the country’s tally to over 7.93 lakh. The number of people who have recovered from the virus is over 4.95 lakh while over 21,000 people have died.

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Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad Coronavirus News Live Updates: The two states have the highest growth rates in India; Telangana crosses 30,000 mark; Andhra reports 23,814 cases. Follow covid live updates from KarnatakaTamil Nadu, Maharashtra and across India 

18:03 (IST)10 Jul 2020
Covid-19: Local doctors, NGOs step in as Hyderabad’s Old City remains wary of govt hospitals

“Treatment will be over the phone, free of cost, and no personal visits for those with COVID-19 symptoms.” After his father shared this message on WhatsApp Wednesday afternoon, Dr Saif Mohammed Khan’s mobile phone has not stopped ringing. As frantic enquiries began pouring in, Dr Khan says he attended to at least 250 calls between 5 pm and 2 am that day.

A general surgeon from Noorkhan Bazar area in Old City of Hyderabad, the 30-year-old has started offering free consultation over the phone to those suspecting SARS-COV-2 infection and are unable to reach a doctor.

Ever since the breakout of COVID-19, a considerable number of cases have been reported from Hyderabad’s Old City. While households, neighbourhoods, and markets practically make physical distancing very difficult, the absence of a designated COVID-19 hospital is also fueling fear among the public. Further, out of the 11 government-run free testing centres recently established in Hyderabad, the old city has only one — at Charminar. Read more

12:55 (IST)10 Jul 2020
Don't fall prey to 'false propaganda' by people with political motives: Owaisi

AIMIM Chief Asaduddin Owaisi wrote a Facebook post last night, in which he appealed to the public not to fall prey to "false propaganda" by people with political motives.

"It's unfortunate that hysterical and untruthful stories against COVID-19 Govt Hospitals in Telangana are creating an exaggerated picture in the minds of many and preventing them from seeking timely treatment. It's also very unfair to the excellent frontline staff of these hospitals. My appeal to the poor is to not fall for this propaganda. We can't dismiss the services of frontline staff," the Hyderabad MP said. "One may have political goals behind this (false) propaganda, but it is costing poor people, their trust in staff of government hospitals. They can't afford private hospitals for treatment. If you do find areas for improvement, please report them fairly. There's no need to feed into mass hysteria."

19:54 (IST)09 Jul 2020
Is it safe to visit the dentist during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Is it safe to visit the dentist during the COVID-19 pandemic? Dentists can’t eliminate all risk but they are taking steps to minimize the chances of spreading the coronavirus.

You’ll likely notice changes as soon as you enter the office. Many dentists have removed magazines from waiting rooms for example, as well as some chairs to encourage social distancing. They also are spacing out appointments to avoid crowding their offices.

You may be asked to arrive for your appointment with a facial covering and to wait in your car until the equipment is cleaned and the dentist is ready. Before receiving care, you can also expect staff to take your temperature and ask about COVID-19 symptoms. Procedures are changing too. Click here to know more.
 
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18:39 (IST)09 Jul 2020
What a study of 17 million people tells us about Covid-19 deaths

A study published in the journal ‘Nature’ on Wednesday – an analysis of over 17 million people in England (40 per cent of the English population) – has quantified a range of clinical risk factors for deaths associated with Covid-19. The authors of the study claim that it is the largest cohort study conducted by any country to date.

What does the study say?

In the study, the researchers linked the data of more than 17 million adults to 10,000 of those who died due to the disease. They found that deaths were associated with being male, older age, deprivation, diabetes and severe asthma, among other factors.

They also note that compared with white people, Blacks and South Asians were at a higher risk of developing poorer outcomes due to the disease. Out of the 17 million people in the study, 11 per cent had non-white ethnicities. For more details, read our explainer.

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17:42 (IST)09 Jul 2020
Health Ministry rules out community transmission in India

In a press briefing on the coronavirus situation after a month, the Union Health Ministry on Thursday said that India hasn’t yet reached the community transmission stage but there have been some localised outbreaks. “Cases per million population in some countries are at least 16-17 times more than what it is in India. We have 15 deaths per million population whereas we have countries where it is 40 times as much,” said Rajesh Bhushan, OSD, Ministry of Health. Meanwhile, the Home Ministry said that the Covid-19 situation in Delhi has shown remarkable improvement in recent days with a recovery rate of over 72 per cent and doubling rate of nearly 30 days.

(ANI)
17:11 (IST)09 Jul 2020
Andhra reports 1,555 fresh Covid-19 cases

A new single-day record spike of 1,555 cases pushed the Covid-19 tally further up to 23,814 in Andhra Pradesh on Thursday.

The latest bulletin issued by the Medical and Health Department said 13 more coronavirus patients succumbed in the last 24 hours, taking the overall toll to 277 while 904 recovered and got discharged from hospitals.

So far, 12,154 Covid-19 patients had recovered in the state, the bulletin said, adding that the number of active cases now increased to 11,383. The total 23,814 coronavirus positive cases include 21,071 locals, 2,319 from other states and 424 foreign returnees, news agency PTI reported.

15:42 (IST)09 Jul 2020
‘Eight states account for 90% active cases in India’

Eight states, including Telangana,Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Delhi and Karnataka account for around 90 per cent of the active Covid-19 cases in the country and 80 per cent of the active cases have been reported from 49 districts, the Group of Ministers (GoM) on COVID-19 was informed on Thursday.

Besides, the GoM was told that six states — Maharashtra, Delhi, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal — account for 86 per cent of the deaths caused by COVID-19 and 32 districts account for 80 per cent of such fatalities, the Union Health Ministry said.

15:06 (IST)09 Jul 2020
Traffic advisory for Telangana

In view of ongoing works at Old Secretariat Building of Telangana State at NTR Marg, Hyderabad and in order to facilitate the movement of vehicles the following traffic arrangements have been made:

  • Traffic coming from Karbala Maidan towards Upper tankbund is being diverted at Sailing Club towards Kavadiguda, lower Tankbund and Ambedker Statue.
  • Traffic coming from VV statue towards Khairtabad flyover and Necklace Rotary is being diverted at V.V statue towards Shadan and Nirankari Bhavan- Left Turn.
  • Traffic coming from Liberty Junction is being allowed towards Ambedker Statue and then Upper Tankbund (One way).
  • Public intending to go to Secunderabad side via Upper Tankbund shall take route via Liberty Junction, Ambedker Statue and onwards.
  • Traffic coming from Rajeev Gandhi Statue, Khairtabad will not be allowed towards Mint compound and is being diverted at Khairtabad Bada Ganesh towards Rajdoot lane.
  • Traffic is not allowed towards Necklace road and is being diverted at Nallagutta cross roads towards Minster road and Ranigunj vice-versa.
  • Traffic intending to go to BRK Bhavan and Telugu Tally Junction via Kalanjali- Adarshnagar is being diverted at Old PCR towards Basheerbagh and Lakdikapul.
  • Traffic towards Telugu Tally Junction is not allowed from Ravindra Bharathi- Old PS Saifabad- Iqbal Minar and Ambedker Statue.
  • Khairtabad and Telugu Tally flyover will remain closed.

All the citizens are requested to make note of above and take suggested as well as alternate routes to their destinations and cooperate with the Hyderabad Traffic Police.

14:48 (IST)09 Jul 2020
Explained: How Andhra plans to ensure no patient is turned away from hospitals

Putting an end to the problem of non-availability of beds, the Andhra Pradesh government has decided that the allocation of beds in government, as well as private hospitals, will be monitored by the respective district administration to ensure no person requiring medical attention is turned away. Here are details of how the availability of beds will be monitored and patients accommodated in the state.

Healthcare workers check the blood pressure of a sanitary worker during a free general health checkup camp,  at Tummalapalli Kalakshetram in Vijayawada. (PTI)
14:09 (IST)09 Jul 2020
Andhra Pradesh fixes cap on COVID-19 treatment at private hospitals

The YS Jagan Reddy-led Andhra Pradesh government has brought Covid-19 treatment under the purview of Dr. YSR Aarogyasri, the flagship free healthcare scheme of the State. With this, the treatment cost of Covid-19 patients holding arogyasri cards will be borne by the state government. The government also fixed a ceiling rate for packages for the treatment of COVID-19 for private hospitals. While for non-critical COVID-19 cases, the treatment cost per day is fixed at Rs 3,250, critical cases patients in ICU without a ventilator and without NIV would be charged Rs 5,480 per day

13:18 (IST)09 Jul 2020
KCR govt frowns as Governor questions state’s Covid response

Amid a spike in Covid-19 cases in Telangana, Governor Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan’s move to directly reach out to people and her statements that she is not happy with the state’s response has not gone down well with the K Chandrashekar Rao government, according to sources.

Last week, after allegations of patients being overcharged or turned away by private hospitals started coming in, Soundararajan, a gynaecologist herself, called Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar and Special Chief Secretary (Health) Shanti Kumari to Raj Bhavan on Monday for a discussion. The officials, however, cited prior engagements and skipped the meeting. Not to be deterred, Soundararajan scheduled a video conference Tuesday morning with the top management of several super-speciality hospitals, including a few accused of overcharging patients, and gave them a piece of her mind, a Raj Bhavan official said. She's also been interacting with citizens actively on Twitter. Read more

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12:48 (IST)09 Jul 2020
False claim, neglect and incompetence: Probe indicts LG Polymers

The committee headed by Special Chief Secretary (Environment, Forests, S&T), Neerabh Kumar Prasad made some key points, indicting LG Polymers at Visakhapatnam for the Vizag gas leak that killed 12 on May 7 and affected almost 300. The report said that LG Polymers had no effective onsite emergency plan or a strategy to tackle a Styrene vapour release. Read more

Smoke is seen at LG Polymers plant in Visakhapatnam. (Photo: Reuters/File)
12:14 (IST)09 Jul 2020
Widespread rainfall likely in Telangana this week

Thunderstorm accompanied with lightning is likely to occur at isolated places over Telangana on July 9, warns the weather forecast from IMD's Hyderabad center. The rainfall forecast has predicted fairly widespread showers across the state till July 12. For the capital city of Hyderabad, the weather body has predicted 'generally cloudy sky with light rains or drizzle' with occasional development of thunderstorm or lightning till July 15.

Between June 1 and July 8, the state has revived a rainfall of 245.5 cm as against normal rainfall of 182 cm. This is an excess rainfall of 35 percent. In the same period, Hyderabad has received 230.2 mm rainfall against 139.7 mm rainfall, an excess of 65 percent. Nirmal and Jagtial are the only districts to record a rainfall deficit so far. Meanwhile, Wanaparthy district has recorded 119 percent excess rainfall for the season so far.

Between June 1 and July 8, the state has revived a rainfall of 245.5 cm as against normal rainfall of 182 cm (Representational)
11:31 (IST)09 Jul 2020
Telangana anti-naxal force cop shoots himself dead

A head constable of the Greyhounds, the elite anti-naxal force of Telangana Police, allegedly committed suicide by shooting himself in Narsingi area here on Wednesday, police said. The incident happened at around 9 am, near the checkpoint of the Greyhounds campus, when the man took a 9 mm pistol from the armoury guard and immediately shot himself. they said. Police said he was shifted to a nearby hospital, but was declared brought dead. He is suspected to have committed suicide due to personal reasons, a senior police official said. (PTI)

10:48 (IST)09 Jul 2020
Telangana, Andhra Pradesh among states with fastest transmission rates: Study

For the first time in India’s outbreak since March, the Covid-19 transmission rate has increased. India’s Covid-19 reproduction number, or R, which estimates the number of people infected by one already infected person, was on a steady decline from 1.83 for months since March 4. However, in the first week of the second unlocking phase in July, the rate has shown an increase for the first time, research by the Institute of Mathematical Sciences in Chennai shows.

The highest R numbers are in the south in Karnataka (1.66), Telangana (1.65) and Andhra Pradesh (1.32). Previously fast-growing states have slowed down, such as Gujarat at 1.15 and West Bengal at 1.1. Having an R less than one is the goal of health authorities, as it signifies a flattening of the curve.

The R is currently at 1.19, which means that each infected person on average infects 1.19 people, the study says
10:32 (IST)09 Jul 2020
AP CM Jagan releases his father YSR's biography penned by mother

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy on Wednesday released the biography of his father, late Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy, penned by his mother Y S Vijayalakshmi. Titled 'Naalo...Naatho (with and within me): YSR Memoirs,' the book has "some facts about my father that the world did not know," Jagan said, releasing the biography at their family estate in Idupulapaya in Kadapa district, on the occasion of the late leader's 71st birth anniversary.

"People knew my father as a great leader, great politician, but in this book my mother has written some facts about the great leader which the outside world doesnt know. She portrayed YS Rajasekhar Reddy as a good father, good husband, and great leader, recounting her 37-year journey with YSR," Jagan said.

08:28 (IST)09 Jul 2020
7.14 lakh N-95 masks, 2.41 lakh PPE kits provided to Telangana: MoS Kishan Reddy

The Centre has given to Telangana 7.14 lakh N-95 masks, 2.41 lakh PPE kits, 23 lakh hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) tablets and other items to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, Union Minister G Kishan Reddy said on Wednesday.

"Central government has provided Telangana with 7,14,000 N-95 Masks, 2,41,000 PPE Kits, 23 lakh HCQ tablets, 2,90,427 RTPCR Kits, 1,22,764 RNA Kits and 52,000 VTM Kits until date. It has also been decided to send 1220 ventilators immediately," Reddy tweeted. Reddy, the Union Minister of State for Home, also met Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan earlier on Wednesday and discussed with him the coronavirus situation in Telangana, from where he hails.

07:09 (IST)09 Jul 2020
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Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad Coronavirus News Live Updates

The Telangana High Court directed the K Chandrashekar Rao government to take action against private hospitals charging exorbitant rates for the treatment of Covid-19.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Raghavendra Singh Chauhan and Justice B Vijayasena Reddy demanded to know why private hospitals were being allowed to “fleece patients”, and the state government was a “mute witness” despite the state government issuing a Government Order putting a cap on treatment costs. The court also issued notices to the Centre, the National Council for Clinical Establishments, and private hospitals Yashoda, Care, Sunshine and Medicover.

The bench observed that there were several instances of families of patients complaining that they were given bills that ran into lakhs of rupees, and if the patient died, some hospitals refused to hand over the bodies until the families paid the dues.

As the number of diagnostic tests for novel Coronavirus is increasing in the country, so is the positivity rate. This means more number of people, from among those who are being tested, are found to be infected with the disease. The positivity rate had crossed 6 per cent mark for the first time on June 20, and has risen swiftly thereafter. At present, the positivity rate is around 7.09 per cent.

Positivity rate is a good indicator to assess the prevalence of the disease in the community. The rise in positivity rate means that the growth in the number of confirmed cases is outpacing the growth in the tests being conducted. And this is happening mainly because the criteria for testing is still restrictive in most states.