A “focused testing” strategy to detect COVID cases early was paying dividends as Andhra Pradesh succeeded in keeping the peak positivity rate below 20 per cent, while “rigorous clinical management” ensured the mortality rate remained below one per cent, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy said on Tuesday.
Addressing a videoconference Prime Minister Narendra Modi conducted with Chief Ministers of various states on Tuesday, Jagan said the state’s ultimate objective at any point in time was to save lives by providing correct and high-quality care and treatment, PTI reported.
Telangana reported 1,896 new cases in the past 24 hours, taking the tally to 82,647. Eight people, including Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), succumbed to the infection, pushing the toll in the state to 645. The 50-year-old cop had joined the police force in 1996 as a Reserve Sub-Inspector and was currently working in the Armed Reserve wing in Mahabubabad District.
Meanwhile, a fall in the sample testing by about 15,000 reflected on Andhra Pradesh’s coronavirus daily tally as only 7,665 fresh cases were reported on Monday after recording over 10,000 each for five consecutive days. The latest bulletin said 46,999 tests, including 24,331 rapid antigens, were conducted in 24 hours ending at 9 am on Monday as against 62,000-plus tests per day over the past few days.