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Telangana, Andhra Pradesh Coronavirus HIGHLIGHTS: Andhra records new single day high in COVID-19 deaths as toll crosses 400

Telangana, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh Coronavirus HIGHLIGHTS: The Andhra Pradesh government has categorised Telangana and Karnataka as "high-risk" states as it issued fresh guidelines for quarantine of people coming into the state from various parts of the country.

By: Express Web Desk | Hyderabad, New Delhi | Updated: July 15, 2020 10:35:03 am
90-yr-old Ambala resident dies at P'kula hospital, tested positive posthumously Telangana’s Government Doctors Association has threatened to go on strike in the coming days if their demand for implementation of UGC revised pay scales of 2016 is not considered immediately. 

Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday logged 43 fresh COVID-19 deaths, a new single day high, taking the overall toll past 400 mark. Another 1,916 fresh infections took the coronavirus aggregate tally to 33,019, of them 15,144 being active cases, according to the latest bulletin.

Meanwhile, around 700 outsourced employees of Telangana’s Gandhi General Hospital including sanitation workers, security guards, and those in patient care boycotted their duties to stage a day-long protest at the hospital Tuesday.

Also, Telangana’s Government Doctors Association has threatened to go on strike in the coming days if their demand for implementation of UGC revised pay scales of 2016 is not considered immediately. Starting Wednesday, senior doctors at the Gandhi hospital will wear black badges for a week to mark their protest.

Telangana continues to experience a surge in coronavirus cases with 1,550 new cases and nine deaths being reported on Monday, taking the tally of positive cases in the state to 36,221 and deaths to 365.  The Andhra Pradesh government has categorised Telangana and Karnataka as “high-risk” states as it issued fresh guidelines for quarantine of people coming into the state from various parts of the country and also abroad as part of measures to fight COVID-19. As many as 661 people who came from Telangana and 81 from Karnataka to AP after Unlock 1.0 tested positive for coronavirus, adding to the 31,103 cases registered in the state so far, reported PTI.

 

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Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad Coronavirus News HIGHLIGHTS: The two states continue to witness a surge as Andhra Pradesh inches closer to the 30,000 mark while Telangana nears 35,000 cases with 34,671 current infections.

19:42 (IST)14 Jul 2020
Telangana govt partners with Coursera to upskill 50,000 unemployed youth during pandemic

Telangana Academy for Skill and Knowledge (TASK), a non-profit organization created by the Government of Telangana to bring synergy among government institutions, industry, and academia, has partnered with Coursera, the world’s leading online learning platform, to train 50,000 unemployed youth during the COVID-19 crisis. The partnership is part of Coursera’s global roll-out of the Workforce Recovery Initiative, where any state and country can provide unemployed workers with free access to online learning.

18:08 (IST)14 Jul 2020
Andhra records new single day high in COVID-19 deaths as toll crosses 400

Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday logged 43 fresh COVID-19 deaths, a new single day high, taking the overall toll past 400 mark. Another 1,916 fresh infections took the coronavirus aggregate tally to 33,019, of them 15,144 being active cases, according to the latest bulletin.

Anantapuramu district, which now stands second in the state in the number of infections, registered the highest number of 10 deaths in a day as the state's toll touched 408. In the last 24 hours, as many as 952 people recovered from COVID-19 and discharged from hospitals across the state. So far 17,467 patients had recovered from the pandemic infection in the state, the bulletin said.

West Godavari district added nine deaths, followed by Chittoor, East Godavari and Kadapa five each. Kurnool and Prakasam had three new casualties, Visakhapatnam two and Vizianagaram one. Though all these deaths did not exactly happen in the last 24 hours, they were shown in the days bulletin after necessary procedural formalities were completed, official sources said. As per government statistics, 11,95,766 people were tested for the deadly virus so far in the state, at the rate of 22,393 per million population, with a positivity rate of 2.76 per cent. The recovery rate was 52.90 per cent and the mortality rate 1.24 per cent in the state, the bulletin said. (PTI)

12:22 (IST)14 Jul 2020
Outsourced employees at Telangana’s Gandhi General hospital on day-long strike

Around 700 Outsourced employees of Gandhi General Hospital including sanitation workers, security guards, and those in patient care boycotted their duties to stage a day-long protest at the hospital Tuesday. Meanwhile, about 220 outsourced nurses of the hospital who have been on strike since Friday seeking regularisation of their jobs have intensified their protest.

Both the groups want their employment to be regularised, their salaries to be hiked to Rs 25,000 per month as against the present Rs 8,000 to Rs 10,000 per month.(Read Rahul V. Pisharody's report here)

11:48 (IST)14 Jul 2020
Telangana: Senior doctors of Gandhi Hospital threaten strike over delay in pay revision

The Telangana Government Doctors’ Association (TGDA) has threatened to go on strike in the coming days if their demand for implementation of University Grants Commission (UGC) revised pay scales of 2016, that is pending for four years now, is not considered immediately. Starting Wednesday, senior doctors at the Gandhi hospital will wear black badges for a week to mark their protest. A general body meeting regarding this will be held Tuesday.

Before this, Telangana has seen protests by junior doctors at the Gandhi hospital demanding decentralisation of Covid-19 treatment, immediate recruitment of additional staff, and enhanced security for all frontline workers.(Read the full story here)

11:33 (IST)14 Jul 2020
Telangana: Congress leaders dies of COVID-19

G Narender Yadav, Congress Telangana's unit secretary dies of covid-19 Monday, party sources have said. After testing positive on 9 July, Yadav was admitted to a private hospital where he succumbed to the disease.

Earlier,Senior Congress leader and former MP V Hanumantha Rao and state Congress Treasurer Gudur Narayana Reddy had also tested positive for the virus but have recovered after treatment.

10:48 (IST)14 Jul 2020
AP govt postpones all Common Entrance Tests

The Andhra Pradesh govt on Monday decided to postpone all Common Entrance Tests (CET) till the third week of september in view of the prevailing covid-19 situation. After a review of the situation, Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy directed that the CETs be postponed and, accordingly, we have decided to hold them in the third week of September. Fresh dates for these entrance examinations will be announced later," Education Minister A Suresh told reporters.(PTI)

09:37 (IST)14 Jul 2020
Telangana: Nizamabad hospital chief resigns, says he feels morally responsible

Days after a photo of a body of a Covid-19 patient being carried in an autorickshaw with the head and legs protruding from the vehicle drew criticism on social media, the medical superintendent of the Nizamabad Government Hospital in Telangana resigned from his post on Monday.

Dr Nageshwara Rao told The Indian Express that he felt morally responsible for the incident. “It weighed on conscience and I was feeling guilty. I cannot continue as the Superintendent in that frame of mind. I will continue to work as a Professor in the Orthopaedic Department,” he said.(Read the full story here)

09:19 (IST)14 Jul 2020
Telangana govt. says have sufficient beds for treating COVID-19 patients

The government hospitals have established a capacity of 17,081 COVID-19 beds, of which 11,928 are isolation beds and 3,537 are oxygen beds and 1,616 ICU beds, the government's bulletin said. As of Monday evening the bed occupancy in telangana was 10.8% leaving 89.2% beds vacant for treating patients with coronavirus.

The bulletin said the government has made elaborate arrangements for treating COVID-19 patients and that sufficient beds are available in government hospitals.

08:54 (IST)14 Jul 2020
Telangana reports 1,550 new cases, 9 deaths

Coronavirus cases continued to surge in Telangana on Monday, with 1,550 new cases and nine deaths being reported, taking the tally of positive cases in the state to 36,221 and deaths to 365, PTI reported. A total of 23,679 people have been discharged so far while 12,178 were under treatment, the state government's bulletin said.

22:29 (IST)13 Jul 2020
Andhra to change food menu at Covid care, isolation centres

With the number of Covid-19 cases increasing in the state, the government has started a drive to improve facilities at quarantine centers, Covid Care Centres and at district and state Covid Hospitals, according to M T Krishna Babu, state coordinator for Covid control. Based on the feedback given by a third-party survey, the government has decided to change the menu for Covid patients and for those in quarantine or isolation Centres.

“The diet has been designed keeping in mind the protein requirement of the patients. The menu will be displayed at all centres. Towards this initiative, the state is spending up to Rs 500 per person on a single day. We are also deploying more sanitary workers to keep the Covid centres clean,” Krishna Babu said.  - With inputs from Sreenivas Janyala

22:22 (IST)13 Jul 2020
AP issues new quarantine guidelines for COVID-19; labels Telangana, Karnataka as 'high-risk'

The Andhra Pradesh government has categorised Telangana and Karnataka as "high-risk" states as it issued fresh guidelines for quarantine of people coming into the state from various parts of the country and also abroad as part of measures to fight COVID-19. Hitherto, Karnataka and Telangana were categorised as low-risk but latest statistics indicated that the infection rate in the two neighbouring states was on the rise and, hence, they were now classified as high-risk, a government order said.

As many as 661 people who came from Telangana and 81 from Karnataka to AP after Unlock 1.0 tested positive for coronavirus, adding to the 31,103 cases registered in the state so far. --PTI

22:17 (IST)13 Jul 2020
Andhra Pradesh reports 37 deaths, highest in a day

Andhra Pradesh reported 37 Covid-19 deaths on Monday, the highest in a single day, taking the death toll in the state to 365. The state tested 19,247 samples in the last 24 hours, out of which 1,935 tested positive. With this, the total number of positive cases crossed 30,000 and stood at 31,103.  The state has tested a total of 11,73,096 samples so far.

Officials from the Covid Command Control Room said that a majority of the deaths are due to patients having comorbidities. In the last 24 hours, six persons succumbed in Anantapur, four in Kurnool, four in East Godavari, four in West Godavari, three in Chittoor, three in Guntur, three in Krishna, 3 in Prakasam, two in Kadapa, 2 in Nellore, one each in Srikakulam, Visakhapatnam and Vizianagaram. Kurnool has reported the maximum number of deaths with 105 and it also has the highest number of positive cases at 3,654. With inputs from Sreenivas Janyala

20:11 (IST)13 Jul 2020
GHMC is distributing home isolation kits: Commissioner, GHMC

GHMC is distributing Home isolation kits to the Covid-19 positive persons who are taking treatment by staying at their home said theCommissioner GHMC Sri. Lokesh Kumar Monday. GHMC procured 20,000 Home isolation kits and distributed 15,000 kits and readily available 5,000 kits for distribution, further procurement will done based on the no of cases and requirement.As per the Central Government guidelines, the positive person should be in home isolation for a period of 17 days. According to that each kit containing 9 items were given for early recovery i.e. vitamin-C -34 tablets, Zinc Tablets – 17, B Complex Tablets – 17 , Sanitizer bottle –1, Hand Wash Liquid – 1, Gloves, Sodium Hypochlorite chemical and isolation Broacher. Further details on Guidelines and suggestions can be known by scanning QR code on the kit cover. Zonal commissioners, Deputy Commissioners and AMOHs of respective areas are distributing Home Isolation kits through Health Workers to the Covid positive persons, said the Commissioner.

18:22 (IST)13 Jul 2020
Telangana HC extends stay on demolition of Secretariat

Telangana High Court hearing the petition against the demolition of old secretariat buildings Monday extended the temporary stay on demolition till July 15. Though the advocate general BS Prasad submitted the documents pertaining to permissions taken from different agencies for taking up the demolition, the government failed to submit a copy of the resolution passed in the cabinet for demolition. The court asked the advocate general to submit copy of the cabinet resolution in a sealed cover before it on Tuesday.

16:41 (IST)13 Jul 2020
Hyderabad doctor dispels fear over cremating body of COVID-19 patient

A health official, in an effort to dispel the fear of infection during the disposal of a body of a COVID-19 patient, drove a tractor carrying a body to a crematorium in Peddapalli district of Telangana. A COVID-19 patient died at a state-run hospital on Sunday, the first death at a hospital in the district, and, as an ambulance to take the body for disposal was not immediately available, a tractor was arranged, officials said on Monday. The municipality drivers and other drivers feared carrying the dead to the crematorium, an official said.

To allay the fear, District Surveillance Officer in the health department Dr Sriram drove the tractor, wearing PPE (personal protective equipment), to the crematorium. The district administration provided all the safety and protective gear, including PPE kits, and the body was disinfected. The relatives of the deceased were made to wear PPE, Sriram said. --PTI

14:42 (IST)13 Jul 2020
MP Nani requests Jaishankar to repatriate over 450 Telugu students stranded in Kyrgyzstan

Vijayawada MP Kesineni Nani requested External affairs minister S. Jaishankar to repatriate 216 students from Andhra Pradesh and 256 students from Telangana who are stranded in Kyrgyzstan.  In a letter dated 12 july, Nani urges Jaishankar to arrange flights for medical students of The Asian Medical Institute in Kant. "I am attaching the list of students with their contact details. I request you to arrange flights out of Kyrgyzstan to assure that these students reach their home safely" he wrote. 

14:06 (IST)13 Jul 2020
Telangana opens state's first ever Govt. Medical college

Telangana's Health Minister Eatala Rajender and Minister for Municpal Administration and Urban Develpment V Srinivas Goud inaugurated the state's first ever Govt. Medical college built at Tirumala Hills in mahabubnagar.

10:42 (IST)13 Jul 2020
Andhra's Guntur district surpasses 3,000 cases

With Andhra Pradesh reporting its highest single day surge on Sunday, the state's Guntur district crossed the 3,000 mark with 3,019 new cases reported in the last 24 hours. Guntur is now behind Kurnool and Anantapuramu that have 3,405 and 3,290 covid infections respectively.

10:41 (IST)13 Jul 2020
AP: Telugu TV channel journalist dies of covid-19 

A 45 year old journalist working for a Telugu TV channel died of coronavirus on Sunday after reporting fever and breathing problems, PTI reported. The journalist tested positive on Saturday evening after he was admitted to a state's covid facility. Former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and ministers P Ramachandra Reddy and K Narayana Swamy condoled the death of the journalist.

09:35 (IST)13 Jul 2020
Telangana: Covid-19 kits for patients in home isolation

Telangana govt's free COVID-19 kits for home isolation.(Source:Telangana Digital Media Wing/Twitter)

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The kit contains medicines, sanitizer, masks and handwash.(Source:Telangana Digital Media Wing/Twitter)



Meanwhile, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy on Sunday said that the Centre will provide 1200 ventilators to Telangana and requested the state government to increase coronavirus testing as he visited the state's largest covid facility hospital.

Raising concern over complaints of overcharging by private hospitals for treatment of COVID-19 patients in Telangana, Reddy urged the state government to take the necessary action. I received complaints that private hospitals are charging exorbitant from coronavirus patients to the tune of lakhs of rupees...," the Union Minister said at a Virtual Press Conference.

Meanwhile, after a deceased covid patient’s body was carried in an auto rickshaw by his relative without the assistance of any health authorities, Telangana’s director of Medical Education Dr. Ramesh Reddy has ordered a detailed enquiry into the handover of a covid positive body to relatives instead of following the standard protocol. He has also instructed Nizamabad Government Hospital’s superintendent to file criminal cases against staff members of the hospital involved in handling over the body.