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Telangana, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh Coronavirus HIGHLIGHTS: Hindu Munnani founder Ramagopalan no more

While Telangana has over 1.91 lakh cases, Andhra Pradesh infection tally is close to 6.90 lakh. The toll in Telangana stands at 1127, while 5780 people have succumbed to the virus in Andhra

By: Express Web Desk | Hyderabad | Updated: October 1, 2020 9:21:40 am
Health workers take rest while waiting to collect nasal swab samples to test for COVID-19 in Hyderabad (AP)

Telangana continues to report over 2000 cases. On Wednesday, the state reported 2103 new cases, taking the tally to 1.91 lakh. With 11 deaths in the last 24 hours, the toll in the state now stands at 1127. Dr Srinivas Rao, the director of Public Health and Family Welfare said the worst of the pandemic might be over in the state.

A multi-pronged strategy to contain the spread of the virus in the last two months appeared to have worked well, except in three or four districts, leading to a gradual decline of the number of positive cases of the novel coronavirus in the State, he said.

Andhra Pradesh’s COVID-19 tally increased to 6,87,351 as 6,190 more cases were added on Monday, while 35 deaths took the fatalities to 5,780. The total recoveries also rose to 6,22,136 as 9,836 patients got cured in the last 24 hours. For the first time in weeks, all 13 districts in the state on Tuesday reported fresh cases in numbers below 1,000. The overall infection positivity rate dropped below the 12 per cent mark for the first time in over two months, standing at 11.99 per cent on Tuesday after a gross 57.34 lakh samples were tested so far.

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While Telangana has over 1.91 lakh cases, Andhra Pradesh infection tally is close to 6.90 lakh. The toll in Telangana stands at 1127, while 5780 people have succumbed to the virus in Andhra.

22:07 (IST)30 Sep 2020
Hindu Munnani founder Ramagopalan no more

Hindu Munnani founder convenor Ramagopalan, known for popularising Ganesh Chaturthi puja and immersion festival in Tamil Nadu, died here on Wednesday after testing positive for COVID-19, the organisation said.

Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Chief Minister K Palaniswami and DMK President M K Stalin, among others, condoled his death.

The 94 year-old Ramagopalan was not keeping well for some time and was admitted to a private hospital here on September 26 with complaints of pneumonia.

"The first test revealed he had no corona infection, but he tested positive in the second test. And since the last two days, the doctors attending on him tried their best to save him," Kadeswara C Subramaniam, state president of Hindu Munnani, said. (PTI)

18:00 (IST)30 Sep 2020
Maximum impact of COVID-19 faced by women, children and adolescents: Health Minister

The maximum impact of COVID-19 has been felt by women, children and adolescents, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said Tuesday.

Participating in a programme on maternal, newborn and child health via a video link, Vardhan said his ministry issued guidance to states to ensure that women, children and adolescents continue to get all the healthcare services, according to an official statement.

"We are in a constant dialogue to ensure that these services are made available to women, children and adolescents and remain in focus despite the health systems being under severe strain due to COVID epidemic," he was quoted as saying in the statement.

"From instilling a behavioral change to help more women deliver in hospitals to entitlement for absolutely free services, we have come a long way now in providing quality care throughout pregnancy and childbirth with interventions like LaQshya and midwifery care," Vardhan said.

"The idea is to have a fully responsive and accountable health system that will not only result in a positive birthing experience but also help end preventable maternal and newborn deaths," he said. (PTI)

13:18 (IST)30 Sep 2020
11 deaths, 2,103 new COVID-19 cases in Telangana

Telangana recorded 2,103 fresh coronavirus cases, pushing the tally of infections to 1.91 lakh while the toll rose to 1,127 with 11 more fatalities. The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) reported 298 fresh cases, followed by Medchal Malkajgri 176, Rangareddy 172, Nalgonda 141, Karimnagar 103, Bhadradri-Kothagudem 102 and other districts, a state government bulletin said on Wednesday, providing data as of 8 PM on September 29. The bulletin said 55,359 samples were tested on September 29. Cumulatively, the number of samples tested was 29.96 lakh. The samples tested per million population was 80,494, the it said.

11:40 (IST)30 Sep 2020
India's COVID-19 caseload races past 62 lakh, recoveries surge to 51,87,825

India's COVID-19 caseload raced past 62 lakh on Wednesday with 80,472 infections being reported in a day, while the number of recoveries surged to 51,87,825 pushing the recovery rate to 83.33 per cent, according to the Union Health Ministry data. The total number of coronavirus cases mounted to 62,25,763, while the death toll climbed to 97,497 with 1,179 people succumbing to the disease in a day, the data updated at 8 am showed. There are 9,40,441 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country which comprises 15.11 per cent of the total caseload. The COVID-19 case fatality rate due to the coronavirus infection stands at 1.57 per cent, the data stated. India's COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, on August 23 it crossed 30 lakh, and 40 lakh on September 5. The tally went past 50 lakh on September 16 and crossed 60 lakh on September 28.

10:41 (IST)30 Sep 2020
Masks are the only vaccie, says health expert

“I appeal to the employers, especially in the IT corridor of Cyberabad, Hitec city, and Madhapur, to resume business operations. There is nothing to fear if all the precautions are taken. Almost 98 percent of people in the Greater Hyderabad region have gone back to their regular lives. The only vaccine at the moment is effectively wearing a mask, maintaining social distancing, and using hand sanitizers,” emphasized Dr. Rao.

09:33 (IST)30 Sep 2020
Telangana: Cases dipping, govt asks people to return to daily lives ensuring caution

The worst of the COVID-19 pandemic in Telangana could be over, at least for now, Dr. Srinivas Rao, the director of Public Health and Family Welfare said Tuesday. A multi-pronged strategy to contain the spread of the virus in the last two months appeared to have worked well, except in three or four districts, leading to a gradual decline of the number of positive cases of the novel coronavirus in the State, he said. Read more here

20:18 (IST)29 Sep 2020
Andhra Pradesh: 13 districts report below 1,000 cases

For the first time in weeks, all 13 districts in Andhra Pradesh Tuesday reported fresh cases in numbers below 1,000. East Godavari, that saw its caseload rise by over 1,000 a day for more than a month, added 991 afresh on Tuesday, while its neighbour West Godavari registered 907.

Krishna, which reported only 97 new cases on Monday, added 398 in 24 hours. Prakasam district reported eight more COVID-19 deaths and Chittoor, six.

Anantapuramu, East Godavari and Guntur added four fresh fatalities each, according to the bulletin. (PTI)

20:16 (IST)29 Sep 2020
Andhra's daily COVID-19 count at 6,190

Andhra Pradesh's COVID-19 tally increased to 6,87,351 as 6,190 more cases were added on Monday, while 35 deaths took the fatalities to 5,780.

Also, the overall infection positivity rate dropped below the 12 per cent mark for the first time in over two months, standing at 11.99 per cent on Tuesday after a gross 57.34 lakh samples were tested so far.

The total recoveries also rose to 6,22,136 as 9,836 patients got cured in the last 24 hours, ending 9 AM on Tuesday, according to the latest bulletin.

Another 35 coronavirus patients succumbed, taking the overall toll to 5,780. (PTI)

18:27 (IST)29 Sep 2020
One in 15 people aged 10 and above estimated to be exposed to virus by Aug: ICMR sero survey

One in 15 individuals aged 10 years and above were estimated to be exposed to SARS-CoV2 by August 2020, showing that a considerable population is still susceptible to COVID-19, according to the ICMR's second sero-survey findings released on Tuesday.

Presenting the nationwide sero-survey at a press briefing, ICMR Director General Balram Bhargava said 6.6 per cent of the 29,082 people (aged 10 and above) surveyed from August 17 to September 22 showed evidence of past exposure to COVID-19 and 7.1 per cent of the adult population (aged 18 and above) also showed evidence of past exposure to it.

He said lockdown, containment and behavioral change at population level have effectively checked the potential spread of SARS-CoV2, however the survey findings show that a considerable population is still vulnerable and susceptible to coronavirus.

He further said that the risk in urban slums was twice than that in non-slum urban areas and four times the risk in rural setting. (PTI)

14:24 (IST)29 Sep 2020
Free bore wells for Andhra farmers with land holdings in arid regions

In a move that would benefit nearly three lakh farmers in Andhra Pradesh, the YS Jagan Reddy Government is planning to drill nearly two lakh bore wells in non-irrigated farm lands for free under the YSR Jala Kala scheme. Inaugurated by Chief Minister Jagan Reddy on Monday, the YSR Jala Kala scheme will bring 5 lakh acres of arid and dry lands under cultivation.

The government will spend Rs 2,340 crores in the next four years to drill bore wells in the lands which do not have any water source at present.

13:23 (IST)29 Sep 2020
Vandalism of temples isolated incidents, says Andhra Police

A spree of vandalism at Andhra Pradesh’s temples has sparked a political row in the state, with the BJP and TDP attacking the ruling YSRCP over the issue. However, the police maintain that the attacks are isolated incidents.

DGP D Goutam Sawang said, “In one incident (of vandalism) in Kurnool, the accused revealed that he desecrated the idol and stole the private parts of the deity because he was made to believe that this could lead to his wife conceiving a child. Various other attacks were executed by gangs who were hunting for treasure supposedly hidden under the idols. Therefore, all these incidents have different motives and are completely unrelated. All these are standalone incidents but an effort was made to give it a spin as if temples were under attack.”

12:17 (IST)29 Sep 2020
Nine deaths, 2,072 new coronavirus cases in Telangana

The surge in COVID-19 cases continued in Telangana with 2,072 new cases being reported which pushed the total infection count to 1.89 lakh. The toll rose to 1,116 with nine more fatalities, a state government bulletin said on Tuesday, providing data as of 8 PM on September 28. The number of those recovered (2,259) on Monday outnumbered the fresh cases. The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) recorded 283 fresh cases, followed by Rangareddy 161, Medchal Malkajgiri 160, Nalgonda 139, Karimnagar 109 and other districts. The bulletin said 54,308 samples were tested on September 28.

11:14 (IST)29 Sep 2020
Over 61 lakh cases in India

India's coronavirus tally crossed 61 lakh mark on Tuesday after the detection of 70,589 new cases. Of the country’s 61,45,292 cases, 9,47,576 people are undergoing treatment, 51,01,398 people have been discharged and 96,318 people have died.

10:17 (IST)29 Sep 2020
COVID-19: Nearly 77,000 security personnel tested positive, 401 succumbed till Aug 21

As many as 76,768 police personnel all over the country including paramilitary forces such as CRPF, CISF, BSF and NSG tested positive for COVID-19 while 401 succumbed to the killer virus, according to a report by the Bureau of Police Research and Development. The report (compiledtill August 21) titled "Indian Police Response to COVID-19 Crisis" said, Maharashtra topped the chart with 129 deaths due to COVID-19 and 12,760 positive cases among the police personnel. Telangana was in second place with 40 deaths due to the virus.

Telangana, Andhra Pradesh Coronavirus Live Updates: Telangana records over 1,900 new cases; AP tally nears 6.69 lakh A family wearing face masks as a precaution against the coronavirus rides a motorcycle in the rain in Hyderabad (AP)

In Andhra Pradesh, East Godavari district has a total of 93,184 cases of coronavirus, with as many as 10,485 active cases, the highest in the state. Chittoor district reported 975 new cases while West Godavari reported 922 new cases and Prakasam 620. Kurnool added the least number of cases at 206.

Prakasam district reported 10 deaths in the past 24 hours while Chittoor and Kadapa registered eight fatalities each.

Meanwhile, in Telangana, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation accounted for the highest number of cases with 297, followed by 152 in Karimnagar, 147 in Rangareddy, 137 in Medchal Malkajgiri, 105 in Nalgonda and other districts, according to the state government bulletin.

As many as 50,108 samples were tested on September 26, taking the total number of samples tested so far to 28,50,869. The samples tested per million population was 76,788, the bulletin said.