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Andhra Pradesh, Telangana Coronavirus HIGHLIGHTS: ‘Focused testing’ strategy paying dividends, says Andhra CM during meet with PM Modi

Telangana has 82,647 cases, while Andhra Pradesh has 2,35,525. The toll in Telangana stands at 645, while 2116 people have succumbed to infection in Andhra Pradesh.

By: Express Web Desk | Hyderabad, New Delhi | Updated: August 12, 2020 8:50:15 am
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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.

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21:46 (IST)11 Aug 2020
Man suffering from coronavirus kills self in Hyderabad hospital

A 60-year old man undergoing treatment for COVID-19 in a private hospital allegedly ended his life on Tuesday out of fear about the disease, police said.

The man from Karimnagar district hanged himself in the washroom attached to his room in the hospital between 1 am and 2 am, a police official said.

A nurse noticed the man hanging and alerted the other hospital staff who in turn informed the police, PTI reported.

He was admitted to the hospital four days ago after testing positive for the virus.

16:06 (IST)11 Aug 2020
Focus more increasing the medical facilities in the country: Telangana CM to PM Modi

Telangana CM K Chandrashekhar Rao Tuesday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to focus more increasing the medical facilities in the country, taking lessons from experience the country faced due to the coronavirus pandemic. Rao expressed his opinion during a videoconference with the prime minister and 10 chief ministers of other states. Explaining the situation in the state, Roa said that this pandemic has reminded everyone about the need to increase medical facilities in the country.

15:58 (IST)11 Aug 2020
‘Focused testing’ strategy paying dividends, says Andhra CM during meeting with PM Modi

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.

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14:37 (IST)11 Aug 2020
Tirupati temple records over 700 Covid-19 cases since June

The Lord Venkateswara temple in Andhra Pradesh’s Tirumala, which is part of Tirupati, has seen more than 700 cases of the novel coronavirus among its staff in the past two months. Since June 11, when the temple reopened to the public after a nationwide lockdown, two of its staff and one former employee have lost their lives due to COVID-19. “Of the 743 infected, about 402 personnel have recovered so far from infection while 338 people were undergoing treatment at different COVID care facilities,” PTI quoted TTD Executive Officer Anil Kumar Singhal as saying.

Singhal, however, denied reports in sections of the media and on social media that the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) had reopened the hill shrine after the coronavirus lockdown for the public with an intention to fill its coffers. “The ancient temple was reopened on requests from devotees and entry was allowed by following strict COVID-19 measures,” he said. Read more

The Lord Venkateswara temple in Andhra Pradesh's Tirumala.
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13:55 (IST)11 Aug 2020
PM Modi: India will win Covid-19 battle, and there will be a new beginning

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday held a video interaction with chief ministers of 10 states. During the meeting, he exuded confidence that India would win the Covid-19 battle. He said India was heading in the right direction, and that states could defeat the virus by working together, and learning from each other. Some chief ministers, meanwhile, sought higher financial packages from the Centre to tackle the pandemic.

13:11 (IST)11 Aug 2020
Telangana clocks 1,896 fresh COVID-19 cases, eight deaths

Telangana recorded an addition of 1,896 new COVID-19 cases and eight more fatalities, pushing the total infection tally in the state to 82,647. The declining trend in fresh coronavirus cases continued in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), with only 338 new cases being reported, a state government bulletin said on Tuesday, providing data as of 8 PM on August 10. Rangareddy 147 cases, Karimnagar 121 and Medchal-Malkajgiri 119, Warangal Urban 95, topped the list of districts with positive cases. Except Nagarkurnool (7), all other districts reported cases in double digits. According to the bulletin, the case fatality rate in the state was 0.78 per cent, while it was 2.0 per cent at the national level.

12:19 (IST)11 Aug 2020
At heart of Andhra fire, a booming business in Covid care hotels

The 10 Covid-19 patients who were killed in the fire at Vijayawada’s Swarna Palace hotel early on Sunday had bought a daily ‘package’ of Rs 5,000, which included stay and three meals, hot drinks, and snacks. Swarna Palace is one among 43 hotels in Vijayawada — 18 large and 25 small — that have been leased by private hospitals to house patients infected by the novel coronavirus. In Visakhapatnam, more than 30 big and small hotels have turned into Covid-19 care centres.

As the infection surges in Andhra Pradesh and the regular hospitality industry remains shuttered, ‘Covid care hotels’ have become a booming business here and in neighbouring Telangana, catering to hundreds of people who have the resources for treatment or quarantine in these rooms. Read Sreenivas Janyala's report

The fire at Hotel Swarna Palace in Vijayawada. (Express photo)
11:54 (IST)11 Aug 2020
PM Narendra Modi speaks to CMs about Covid-19 situation
Prime Minister Modi with the chief ministers

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is holding a video-conference with the chief ministers of 10 states, including Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Punjab, Bihar, Gujarat, Telangana and Uttar Pradesh, to take stock of the Covid-19 situation.

10:34 (IST)11 Aug 2020
PM Modi to hold virtual discussion with Telangana, Andhra CM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with Chief Ministers of 10 States through a video-conference on Tuesday afternoon. The states are Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Punjab, Bihar, Gujarat, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh.

10:06 (IST)11 Aug 2020
India's Covid-19 tally rises to 22,68,676

India reports 53,601 new cases and 871 deaths due to Covid-19 in the 24 hours ending 9 am Tuesday. This takes the country's tally to 22,68,676. Of the 22,68,676 cases in India, 69.80 per cent of the patients (15,83,490) have already recovered, while 28.21 per cent cases (6,39,929) are still active. With less than 2 per cent deaths, fatalities stand at 45,257.

08:48 (IST)11 Aug 2020
Central team lauds COVID-19 management in Telangana

A team of officials from the Centre discussed issues to related to COVID-19 management by the Telangana government and complimented its efforts in that regard. The team lauded the government for introducing HITAM (Home Isolation Telemedicine and Management) app to monitor and provide telemedicine to COVID-19 patients who are in home quarantine in the state, a press release said here on Monday. NITI Aayog member Vinod Kumar Paul, who was part of the team, met the state Health Minister Eatala Rajender and held detailed discussions, the release said.

01:08 (IST)11 Aug 2020
Telangana: Govt warns private hospitals of action if overcharging complaints persist

Telangana Health Minister Eatala Rajender has warned private hospitals that if the government continues to receive overcharging complaints from Covid-19 patients, they will have to surrender 50 per cent of their beds.

At a Covid-19 review meeting held Tuesday, Rajender said the government had received 1,039 complaints from Covid-19 patients of being “fleeced”. The minister told officials to warn all private hospitals treating coronavirus cases of strict action in case of continued complaints.

The government has already cancelled Deccan Hospital and Virinchi Hospital’s permission to treat Covid patients after complaints. Read more

21:57 (IST)10 Aug 2020
Telangana health minister chairs review meeting on complaints against pvt hospitals

Health minister Eatala Rajender today held a review meeting with top officials of the medical and health department regarding complaints against private hospitals in Covid19 treatment. So far, 1039 complaints have been received, he said.

Apart from surplus billing, complaints pertain to improper medical care, collection of huge sums of money in advance prior to admission, refusal of treatment, denial of insurance or credit card payments, or refusal to handover body of the deceased until clearance of bills etc.

21:09 (IST)10 Aug 2020
Niti Aayog lauds Telangana govt initiative of HITAM APP to provide telemedicine to home isolation patients

Dr Vinod Kumar Paul, Member, Niti Aayog complimented the innovative efforts of Telangana Government in introducing HITAM APP to monitor and provide telemedicine to home isolation patients in the state. Dr Paul, Smt Aarti Ahuja, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Health Government of India and Dr Raveendran visited Hyderabad from 9th to 10th August to discuss various issues related to covid management with state officials. Subsequently, the members of the central team met the Minister for Health and family welfare Shri Eetala Rajender and also held detailed discussion with the state government officials on covid management at BRK Bhavan today.

21:07 (IST)10 Aug 2020
Telangana: Rs 80 lakh has been provided to 442 Covid-infected journalists so far

Telangana State Media Academy Chairman Ginger Narayana said that financial assistance of Rs 80 lakh has been provided to 442 journalists infected with the corona virus in the state so far.

Of these, 257 journalists who have been positive so far have been given Rs 20,000 amounting to Rs 51 lakh 40 thousand and 81 journalists in the home quarantine have been given Rs 8 lakh 10 thousand at the rate of Rs 10,000.

As of Monday, corona medical tests were being conducted on journalists from different districts and another 101 people had recently tested positive, with paramedics suggesting that three more journalists be on home warrantine. The 101 journalists were given Rs 20,000 at the rate of Rs 20,000 and Rs 30,000 at the rate of Rs 10,000 for the three journalists in the home quarantine.

15:46 (IST)10 Aug 2020
Among case under home isolation, 84% asymptomatic: Telangana health ministry

According to the bulletin, the case fatality rate in the state was 0.78 per cent, while it was 2.01 per cent at the national level. The total number of people who have recovered from the infectious disease so far was57,586, while 22,528 were under treatment. The recovery rate was 71.31 per cent in the state, while it was 68.78 per cent in the country. The number of individuals in home/institutional isolation was 15,789. The number of asymptomatic cases (of those under home isolation) was 84 per cent, it said. The bulletin said 11,609 samples were tested on August 9. Cumulatively, the number of samples tested was 6,24,840. (PTI)

13:53 (IST)10 Aug 2020
Telangana govt deprived it's people of Ayushman Bharat scheme: JP Nadda

BJP working president JP Nadda on Monday took a jibe at the Telangana government and said that it deprived the people of the state of PM Modi's Ayushman Bharat scheme. "I condemn Telangana govt's #COVID19 management. PM's Ayushman Bharat scheme gave benefit to 55 crore families but Telangana govt kept its people deprived of it by not implementing it," he said during a video conference to mark the 'Bhoomi Poojan' of 9 party district offices.

12:15 (IST)10 Aug 2020
Telangana reports 1,256 new cases, tally crosses 80K-mark

Telangana reported 1,256 new COVID-19 cases, taking the total infection count in the state to 80,751. With 10 more deaths, the death toll mounted to 637, a state government bulletin said on Monday. The trend of decline in fresh positive cases continued in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), the hotbed of the virus spread in the state, with only 389 new cases being reported. The districts of Rangareddy (86), Sangareddy (74) and Karimnagar (73) were at the top in new positive cases. According to the bulletin, the case fatality rate in the state was 0.78 per cent, while it was 2.01 per cent at the national level. The total number of people who have recovered from the infectious disease so far was57,586, while 22,528 were under treatment. (PTI)

10:58 (IST)10 Aug 2020
Telangana to ramp up testing to 40,000 samples per day: K T Rama Rao

The Telangana government is presently conducting 23,000 COVID-19 tests per day and the number would soon be scaled to 40,000, state Municipal Administration Minister K T Rama Rao said on Sunday. "We are testing nearly 23,000 samples per day and it will soon go upto 40,000. Tests are being carried out in 1,200 plus centres. Our fatality rate is less than 1 percent and recovery rate one of the best in the country at 72 percentage. Of course there is more to do," he noted. (PTI)

09:54 (IST)10 Aug 2020
Telangana: All hospitals, virus centres told to follow fire safety norms

Against the backdrop of a fire at a COVID-19 care centre in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh on Sunday, health authorities in Telangana have asked all hospitals/COVID-19 care centres to strictly follow fire safety norms. In a letter sent to the hospitals and the virus care centres, director of Public Health Srinivasa Rao said many private hospitals are utilising hotels as COVID-19 care centres where patients with mild symptoms are kept in isolation. He referred to the fire in a hotel turned into a COVID-19 care centre in Vijayawada where 10 people lost their lives. (PTI)

Meanwhile, 10 COVID-19 patients died following a fire at a hotel-turned Covid Care Centre in Vijayawada early Sunday morning. Vijayawada Police Commissioner B Srinivasulu said 31 Covid-19 patients were being treated by Ramesh Hospital which had lodged them at Swarna Palace Hotel in Governorpet. Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy announced an ex-gratia of Rs 50 lakhs to the kin of the deceased, and ordered an in-depth probe into the accident.

Andhra Pradesh has reported more than 10,000 cases for six straight days now. It has already added one lakh cases in the fastest time in India, and at 5.40 per cent per day, continues to have the highest growth rate of total cases in the country. The current positivity rate is over 16 per cent over the past few days.

"What we are witnessing is a peak curve. Our infection positivity rate was less than one per cent till May (during lockdown), which increased to 2.16 per cent in June and 12.33 per cent in July (post-lockdown). Now it is about 16.24 per cent," Special Chief Secretary (Health) K S Jawahar Reddy pointed out.

Meanwhile, in Telangana, the case fatality rate in the state was 0.78 per cent, while it was 2.03 per cent at the national level. The total number of people who have recovered from the infectious disease so far was 55,999, while 22,869 were under treatment. The recovery rate was 70.44 per cent in the state, while it was 68.32 per cent in the country.