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Telangana, Andhra Pradesh Coronavirus HIGHLIGHTS: AP records over 10,000 fresh cases after a 13-day gap

Telangana, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh Coronavirus HIGHLIGHTS: Telangana breached the 1 lakh mark to reach 1,01,865 total cases. Follow this space for the latest COVID-19 updates from Hyderabad.

By: Express Web Desk | Hyderabad, New Delhi | Updated: August 23, 2020 9:19:52 am
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Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad Coronavirus HIGHLIGHTS:  After a 13-day gap, Andhra Pradesh once again reported over 10,000 new coronavirus cases in a day, pushing the tally to 3,45,216 on Saturday. With four districts reporting cases in excess of one thousand each, the state registered 10,276 fresh Covid-19 infections. Also, 97 more fatalities were reported in 24 hours ending 9 am on Saturday, taking the death toll to 3,189.

Meanwhile, Telangana’s caseload surpassed 1 Lakh mark today after it recorded 2,474 new infections along with 7 fatalities in the last 24 hours. With this the state’s overall tally stands at 1,01,865 along with 744 deaths, Telangana’s covid-19 bulletin notified. Till now more than 78,000 people have recovered after testing positive and the state’s recovery rate stands at 77.29% while the number of current active cases stand at 22,386.

The state’s recovery rate went past 72% with 8,827 people cured and discharged from the hospitals in the last 24 hours. The total recoveries currently stand at 2.44 lakh. 

The state health officials were initially hopeful that the infection positivity rate would be brought down below five per cent by the end of July but later reset it to mid-August. “The peak is continuing and it may take a couple of more weeks for the curve to reverse,” a top official of the health department noted.

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Telangana breached the 1 lakh mark to reach 1,01,865 total cases while Andhra Pradesh added 9,544 new cases to reach an overall tally of 3.34 lakh. Follow this space for the latest COVID-19 updates from Hyderabad.

21:13 (IST)22 Aug 2020
Engineer cured of COVID-19 among dead in Srisailam power plant fire

Sundar Nayak and Pawan Kumar, engineers at the Srisailam hydro-electric power plant in Telagana, had recently won their battle against COVID-19, but on Friday, Nayak was not so lucky to survive a fire at the unit that left another eight dead. The major fire at the power plant located on the Telangana side of the border with Andhra Pradesh had left nine people dead, most of them engineers, and three seriously injured. Kumar, Divisional Engineer, and Assistant Engineer Nayak had been recently cured of the deadly virus. Incidentally, Kumar resumed work on Thursday, when the fire broke out at the plant, after he went on ten days' leave to attend to his mother who also tested positive for coronavirus, D Prabhakar Rao, Chief Engineer of Srisailam Left Bank Hydroelectric Power Station (SLBHES), said.

21:12 (IST)22 Aug 2020
Low-key Vinayaka Chaviti festivities in AP amid pandemic

A ban imposed by the state government on community celebration of the festival robbed Vinayaka Chaviti of its traditional fervour in Andhra Pradesh as citizens were confined to their homes in view of the prevailing coronavirus situation. People celebrated the festival only in their homes as a result of the restrictions across the state. The streets were devoid of the pandals where the idols of Lord Ganesha in varied shapes and sizes were normally installed for a nine-day celebration. The only rather public event was the inauguration of the annual Brahmotsavam at the famous Varasiddhi Vinayaka temple at Kanipakam in Chittoor district.

21:11 (IST)22 Aug 2020
AP records 10,276 fresh COVID-19 cases; positivity rate rose to 10.82%

After a 13-day gap, Andhra Pradesh once again reported over 10,000 new coronavirus cases in a day, pushing the tally to 3,45,216 on Saturday. With four districts reporting cases in excess of one thousand each, the state registered 10,276 fresh Covid-19 infections. Also, 97 more fatalities were reported in 24 hours ending 9 am on Saturday, taking the death toll to 3,189. The infection positivity rate climbed further up to 10.82 per cent after a total of 31,91,326 tests were conducted so far.

13:15 (IST)22 Aug 2020
Telangana records 2,474 new cases, 7 deaths

Telangana breached 1 Lakh coronavirus cases on Saturday after recording 2,474 new infections along with 7 fresh fatalities in the last 24 hours. With this the state's overall tally stands at 1,01,865 along with 744 deaths, the state's covid-19 bulletin notified. Till now more than 78,000 people have recovered after testing positive and the state's recovery rate stands at 77.29% while the number of current active cases stand at 22,386.

09:46 (IST)22 Aug 2020
Telenagana Assembly monsoon session from Sept 7

Telangana Legislature's monsoon session will be held from September 7, a notification issued by Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan said on Friday.

Telangana CM K. Chandrashekar Rao had directed Legislative Affairs Minister Prashant Reddy and Assembly Secretary Narsimha Charyuluto to prepare the Assembly Hall in accordance with the coronavirus safety measures and ensure that members follow social distancing.

08:02 (IST)22 Aug 2020
AP: Covid-19 recovery rate crosses 72%

According to the state government's latest bulletin, the coronavirus recovery rate in Andhra Pradesh crossed 72% though it still falls a bit behind the country's national average of 73%. At least 8,827 people have been cured and discharged from the hospitals in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of recovered patients to 2.44 lakh so far. The number of active Covid-19 cases increased to 87,803.

07:53 (IST)22 Aug 2020
AP records 9,544 cases, 91 deaths

Andhra Pradesh added 9,544 new cases on Friday taking the state's overall tally to 3.34 lakh. The state now has a death toll of 3,092 with 91 fresh fatalities in the last 24 hours. Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, who reviewed the latest situation on Friday, directed the authorities to recruit required healthcare professionals to ensure proper treatment to the virus-infected patients. There are currently 87,803 active cases in the state.

07:48 (IST)22 Aug 2020
Nine killed in Telangana powerhouse fire

A fire swept through the Srisailam Left Bank Power Station on the Telangana-Andhra Pradesh border late on Thursday night, leaving nine dead, including five engineers of Telangana State Power Generation Corporation (TSGenco). The 11 who survived said the engineers had stayed back to try and control the flames, urging them to leave through an emergency exit.

The bodies of the five engineers, including a woman engineer, and four others were found on the ground floor of the underground powerhouse. They are believed to have died of suffocation with the thick smoke that filled the powerhouse making rescue efforts difficult till Friday afternoon.(Read Sreenivas Janyala's report here)

21:29 (IST)21 Aug 2020
School girl donates sanitizers, face shields to Cyberabad Police

Aakarshana Satish, a fourth-grade student in Hyderabad school has donated a total of 24 sanitizers, 5 face shields, 100 masks and 100 gloves to CP Sajjanar on Thursday. Akarshana along with her father Sathish Kumar on Thursday met CP Cyberabad and contributed the Covid relief materials for the welfare of front line warriors.

17:27 (IST)21 Aug 2020
Covid hospitals number to go up from 138 to 287: Andhra govt

Andhra Pradesh CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy in a review meeting on the Covid situation in the state told officials that the strength of COVID hospitals should be increased to 287 from 138. More doctors and specialists should be made available as soon as possible, the CM said.

"The pay of temporary staff recruited for sanitary work should be increased and the hospitals should have the basic infrastructure and rating should be given as per the performance of the hospitals," a statement released by the CMO said.

(Twitter/CMOAndhra)
15:51 (IST)21 Aug 2020
Andhra government issues mandatory SOPs for Covid hospitals

Andhra Pradesh government has come up with a set of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) which have to be mandatorily followed by all hospitals dealing with Covid patients across the state while referring patients to other hospitals , whenever necessary.

The new set of SOPs include:

- No patient should be referred if he/she can be treated at the existing facility.

- Patient's condition should be stabilized before taking a call on moving or referring the patient.

- The referral should be done well in time, thereby optimizing the chances of survival.

- Ambulances to transport the patients to the referred hospital should be arranged by the hospital referring the patient.

- The person referring the patient should confirm the availability of the required procedures/specialists/treatment at the receiving hospital before referring the patient.

- Bed + concerned doctor at the receiving hospital should be kept ready prior to the arrival of the patient.

- The receiving hospital should start the treatment immediately, without waiting for the admission procedures to be completed as the patient was already enlisted at another facility. If the hospital feels the need to complete any formalities, it should be done after due care it given to the patient and upon the patient attaining a stable state.

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15:25 (IST)21 Aug 2020
Covid-19 doubling time nationwide down to 30 days

With the daily growth rate continuing to slow down, the doubling time of novel Coronavirus cases in India has now dropped to 30 days. As on Thursday, there were 29.05 lakh confirmed cases in the country. The halfway stage was crossed on July 27, which means the present doubling has happened in 24 days. But the next doubling, at the current rate of growth, would happen only after 30 days, signalling a slowdown. Click here to read our explainer.

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13:48 (IST)21 Aug 2020
AP CM cancels visit to Srisailam

According to a PTI report, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy on Friday cancelled his scheduled trip to Srisailam following the fire accident in the left bank power house on the neighbouring Telangana side late Thursday night. He was supposed to conduct puja for the new Rayalaseema Lift Irrigation Scheme. Jagan Mohan Reddy was scheduled to reach Srisailam at 11 am and conduct an inspection of the project site.

13:01 (IST)21 Aug 2020
Rescue teams from Singareni Collieries leave for Srisailam power plant

Two teams comprising 20 members including three officials of Singareni Collieries Company Limited, a state-owned coal miner, have left for Srisailam Hydel Electric Power project in which nine persons are trapped due to a fire accident, a senior official of SCCL said. "The teams are experts in rescuing people trapped in irrespirable conditions. We have equipment that can allow our personnel where there are poisonous gases and no Oxygen and also. The teams can go even if there is dense smoke," SCCL General Manager (Rescue) S Venkateswarlu told PTI.

10:17 (IST)21 Aug 2020
At least 9 feared trapped after major fire erupts at Srisailam power station in Telangana

Meanwhile, a major fire broke out at the Srisailam power station in Telangana, as many as nine people are feared to be trapped inside an underground unit of the hydel power station. About 30 firefighters have been deployed and six persons have been rescued.

20:47 (IST)20 Aug 2020
'Concerned over numbers': Telangana Guv on study that 6 lakh people in Hyderabad may be affected

Telangana Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan on Thursday expressed concern over the estimates of a new study that at least six lakh people in the city may have been infected by coronavirus. Concerned on the numbers.Congratulations @ccmb_csir for your efforts to study the problems in depth, she tweeted, tagging a report on the findings of the study based on harvested sewage samples in the city. Soundararajan, a medical doctor herself, had on Tuesday last stressed the need to conduct adequate numbers of COVID-19 tests in the state, saying eradication of the virus would be difficult without sufficient testing. The state's COVID-19 tally stood at 97,424 as of Wednesday night with the capital city continuing to remain the hotspot, accounting for a lion's share of the cases.

Conducted by the CSIR-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) and CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT), the study saidon Wednesday said there may be at least six lakh people in the city who have been infected by coronavirus but a large number of them could be asymptomatic and need no hospitalisation. In a joint effort, CCMB and IICT harvested the sewage samples of different sewage treatment plants (STPs) in the city to estimate the number of potentially infected individuals as those infected by SARS-CoV-2 shed virus not only through nasal and oral routes but also through faeces.

According to the study which covered 80 per cent of the STPs in the city, nearly two lakh people are shedding viral materials. Since only 40 per cent of the sewage in the city reaches STPs, this data was used to extrapolate the overall number of potentially infected people, which turned out to be approximately six lakh, that is, around six per cent of the population.

18:51 (IST)20 Aug 2020
Children are silent spreaders of novel coronavirus: Study

Children play a larger role in the community spread of COVID-19 than previously thought, according to a study which found that the younger people may not be as likely to become seriously ill as adults, but they can spread infection and bring the virus into their homes.

The study, published in the Journal of Pediatrics, also challenges the current hypothesis that because children have lower numbers of immune receptors for SARS-CoV2, the virus that causes COVID-19, this makes them less likely to become infected or seriously ill.

In the study of 192 children ages 0-22, 49 children tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, and an additional 18 children had late-onset, COVID-19-related illness, according to the researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in the US. The infected children were shown to have a significantly higher level of virus in their airways than hospitalised adults in ICUs for COVID-19 treatment, they said. READ MORE

18:32 (IST)20 Aug 2020
Explained: In heart cells, clues why Covid-19 is severe in the elderly

Researchers have published findings that provide one more clue about the reason why Covid-19 infection tends to be more severe with age. Certain genes in the body, which play an important role in allowing the novel coronavirus SARS-Cov-2 to invade heart cells, become more active with age, according to the research published in the Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology.

When the novel coronavirus first emerged, it was taken to be primarily a respiratory illness. But as research has progressed, it has become clear that Covid-19 patients, particularly older ones, are also affected by heart problems.

An international team of researcher investigated the link between Covid-19 and heart failure. Specifically, they examined cells known as cardiomyocytes, which make up the heart muscle and are able to contract the relax. Damage to these cells can lead to heart failure. READ MORE

14:17 (IST)20 Aug 2020
A cheating complaint in Hyderabad unearths Chinese online gambling scam worth crores

It seemed like a regular case of cheating when two persons approached the cyber crime wing of the Hyderabad police earlier this month, complaining of losing Rs 97,000 and Rs 1.64 lakh respectively to a website dealing with online gaming — which is banned in Telangana. But investigations into the complaints have unearthed a larger conspiracy involving Chinese nationals and resulted in the recovery of Rs 30 crore from two bank accounts in Gurugram. Now, Cyber Crime officials are terming this an unprecedented case, for multiple reasons. Read more

According to the police, the people are lured into online gaming via Telegram and directed to e-commerce websites that are fronts for online gambling.
12:44 (IST)20 Aug 2020
Man arrested for spreading rumours over Telangana CM KCR’s health

A 27-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly spreading false information about the health of Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on a social media platform. The man, who while living in Saudi Arabia allegedly posted rumours about KCR’s health, was detained at Mumbai international airport upon his return.

The accused, identified as Panyala Raju, had allegedly in a June 7 post on Facebook claimed that KCR was infected by the novel coronavirus and that it was confirmed by Gandhi hospital doctors. He had also allegedly posted a fabricated photograph of the CM surrounded by doctors, claiming his death, according to a note from the Cyber Crime police.

People wait in a queue to give their nasal swab samples to test for the coronavirus at Government Fever Hospital in Hyderabad (AP)

Andhra Pradesh's COVID-19 tally touched 3,16,000 on Tuesday as 9,742 more cases were added in the last 24 hours. The coronavirus toll mounted to 2,906 as 86 fresh casualties were reported. Andhra Pradesh is now the third State in the country to witness over three lakh infections after Maharashtra and neighbouring Tamil Nadu. It took 160 days for the state to go from one to three lakh (cases) after the first person tested positive for the contagion on March 12 but the last one lakh came in quicker pace in just 11 days.

Telangana continued to witness an upward trend of coronavirus cases with 1,763 fresh additions, pushing the state's tally of positive cases to 95,700. With eight more fatalities the toll rose to 719, a state government bulletin said on Wednesday, providing data as of 8 PM on August 18. The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), the COVID-19 hotspot in the state, witnessed 484 infections, cases being reported. The GHMC was followed by Medchal-Malkajgiri-169, Rangareddy-166 and Warangal Urban with 88 cases, it said.

Telangana Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan on Tuesday stressed the need to conduct adequate number of COVID-19 tests in the state, saying eradication of the virus would be difficult without sufficient testing. She reiterated the WHO's mantra of testing, tracking and treating to effectively fight against COVID-19.