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Telangana, AP Coronavirus July 18 HIGHLIGHTS: Andhra reports new single-day spike in cases; Telangana cases cross 42,000-mark

Telangana reported 1,478 new cases and seven deaths on Friday, while the case tally shot past the 44,000 mark in Andhra Pradesh on Saturday.

By: Express Web Desk | Hyderabad, New Delhi | Updated: July 19, 2020 10:52:27 am
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Telangana reported 1,478 new cases and seven deaths on Friday as cases continue to surge in the state. The total caseload stands at 42,496 and 403 fatalities. A state government bulletin said 28,705 people have been discharged so far, while 13,389 were under treatment.

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A new single-day high of 3,963 new COVID-19 cases pushed the overall tally in Andhra Pradesh to 44,609 on Saturday while 52 patients died, the highest in a day so far. The 52 deaths reported in the state took the toll to 586. In the last 24 hours, 23,872 samples were tested, of which 3,963 turned positive, close to 18 per cent.

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Meanwhile, the Telangana government has announced 10 per cent additional pay to all government personnel at the frontline in the fight against Covid-19. Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao approved a proposal to give the additional pay to government doctors, paramedical staff, and everyone working in the health department, including contractual employees and those roped in from private agencies, policemen, and sanitation workers in municipalities and panchayats on Friday.

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Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad Coronavirus News Live Updates: New single-day spike in cases in Andhra take the tally over 44,000; Over 13,000 active cases present in Telangana

22:17 (IST)18 Jul 2020
Give Rs 10 lakh as ex-gratia to kin of COVID-19 victims: Cong

Congress on Saturday demanded the K Chandrashekhar Rao-led Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government to give Rs 10 lakh as ex-gratia to the families of poor people who died of COVID-19. Also, the state Congress sought Rs 50 lakh to the kin of frontline COVID-19 warriors in the field of medicine, health, sanitation and in the police force if they succumb to the virus.

Addressing the party cadre on the social media platform Facebook as part of #SpeakUpTelangana campaign, the Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) president Uttam Kumar Reddy said the Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao, also known as KCR, had allegedly adopted a non-serious approach in handling the Covid-19 situation. Stressing the need to increase the number of COVID-19 tests, Reddy said the medical infrastructure should be strengthened in all government hospitals by arranging adequate number of ventilators and oxygen devices.

The TPCC chief alleged that many patients have sent messages a few hours before their deaths that they were not provided oxygen and proper medical care in government hospitals. Instead of taking corrective measures, the state government is finding fault with the patients and condemning them for using mobile phones, he alleged. (PTI)

21:06 (IST)18 Jul 2020
Pedda Jeeyar Swamy Mutt seer tests positive for coronavirus

Senior pontiff of the Shree Pedda Jeeyar Swamy Mutt of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) that governs the shrine of Lord Venkateswara at Tirumala, near here, has tested positive for coronavirus. Speaking to PTI on Friday, chairman of the TTD Board Y V Subba Reddy said the 63-year-old seer was to be shifted to a corporate hospital in Chennai but he declined and expressed his wish to take treatment at the mutt itself.

Since the temple was re-opened for devotees on June 11, about 160 TTD staff members, including 16 'archakas' (priests) were infected by the virus so far, he said. Nevertheless, the devotees can still visit the shrine, he added. (PTI)

20:20 (IST)18 Jul 2020
Bills for AP's three capitals sent to Guv for assent

The Andhra Pradesh government on Saturday sent the APDecentralisationand Inclusive Development of All Regions Bill, 2020,and the AP Capital Region Development Authority (Repeal) Bill, 2020, to Governor Biswabhusan Harichandan for his assent but he is sending the two contentious Bills to the Law Department "for advice."

The opposition Telugu Desam Party has requested the Governor not to give assent to the two Bills as the Legislative Council had disapproved the state government policy in this regard. The ruling YSR Congress cried foul saying the TDP was only seeking to block the development of the backward Rayalaseema and north coastal Andhre regions by opposing the two Bills. (PTI)

18:14 (IST)18 Jul 2020
Hyderabad police arrest seven people, including three nurses, for black marketing COVID drugs

A week after the Hyderabad police arrested 10 people, including a pharma company proprietor, for black marketing drugs related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) disease, seven more people were arrested on Saturday for the illegal procurement and sale of the drugs at exorbitant prices. The arrested people include three staff nurses at a private hospital, a pharmacy staff, and a salesmen.

Police seized nine remdesivir (Covifor) injections from Hetero and one Cipremi injection from Cipla from their possession.

In the last week’s arrest, the people were found selling Remdesivir injections that cost Rs 5400 for Rs 30,000-40,000. Read more here

17:16 (IST)18 Jul 2020
AP reports 3,963 new COVID-19 cases, 52 deaths in a day

A new single day high 3,963 new COVID-19 cases pushed the overall tally in Andhra Pradesh to 44,609 on Saturday while 52 patients died, the highest in a day so far. None of the fresh cases reported in the last 24 hours ending 9 am on Saturday was from other states or countries, according to figures released by the Medical and Health Department.

The 52 deaths reported in the state took the toll to 586. In the last 24 hours, 23,872 samples were tested, of which 3,963 turned positive, close to 18 per cent. A staggering 994 new cases were added in East Godavari district alone and another 550 in Kurnool, taking their aggregate to 5,499 and 5,681 respectively. (PTI)

16:40 (IST)18 Jul 2020
Telangana to launch app for asymptomatic COVID-19 patients

The Telangana government is all set to introduce an app for monitoring the health of asymptomatic COVID-19 patients who are in home isolation, a senior official of the state government said on Saturday. The state government will provide data of the patients to doctors who in turn through the app can interact with the assigned ones.

The app, developed by the Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad, allows each doctor to access the data of 50 patients and constantly monitor them, the official said. The Telangana government is advising asymptomatic patients to confine to their respective homes taking necessary care. "We are roping in retired doctors who will be assigned 50 patients each. Data of those 50 patients will be given to them who in turn will interact with the patients continuously and monitor their health," the official told news agency PTI.

12:11 (IST)18 Jul 2020
Andhra Pradesh to introduce a Covid action plan

Special Chief Secretary (Health) K S Jawahar Reddy on Friday said that a concrete action plan will be put into action to deal with the coronavirus surge experienced by the state. The 2 main objectives of this plan would include reducing the time gap between onset of symptoms and detection to less than 24 hours and prolonging the time from detection to death (of a positive case) to six days.

Reddy added that the state is "close to surge" and that the ultimate objective is to reduce the mortality rate below 1%(currently stands at 1.3%).He also urged on "very robust community surveillance" in all containment zones,

11:35 (IST)18 Jul 2020
Jailbird with suspected COVID-19 flees from hospital, caught

An undertrial with suspected COVID-19, hospitalised in Warangal district of Telangana, escaped from the hospital and was caught, Telangana police said on Friday. After reporting severe episodes of cough, the inmate was taken to the hospital. He fled from the hospital when the escorts were having lunch and was caught in Warangal.  His tests results are still awaited.(PTI)

11:27 (IST)18 Jul 2020
New Secretariat complex should enhance state's prestige, says Telangana CM

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Friday said the new secretariat building complex should be built to increase the prestige of the state and provide all necessary facilities required in the headquarters of the state.

The state government has indicated that the new secretariat, which would come up in about seven lakh sq ft, would cost around Rs 400 crore and it has decided to equip the new one with state-of-the-art connectivity and other features.

10:21 (IST)18 Jul 2020
Telangana reports 1,478 new COVID-19 cases, 7 deaths

Telangana reported 1,478 new cases and seven deaths on Friday as cases continue to surge in the state. The total caseload stands at 42,496 and 403 fatalities. A state government bulletin said 28,705 people have been discharged so far, while 13,389 were under treatment.

21:02 (IST)17 Jul 2020
5,000 beds in Covid-care centres per district

The State Government is taking steps to provide 5,000 beds for Covid Care Centres in each district and will take feedback from inmates on2 the facilities. Speaking to media here on Friday, COVID-19 Task Force Committee chairman MT Krishna Babu said that currently 46,198 beds are available in covid-care centres.

West Godavari, East Godavari and Chittoor districts have already reached the capacity of 5,000 beds provision, while the remaining districts will also be equipped with an ample number of beds and the Joint Collector (development) will monitor the facility. Besides equipping covid-care centres, covid hospitals and quarantine centres are also ready with all the necessary facilities.

Krishna Babu said the Chief Minister reviewed the Covid-19 situation in detail and gave directions to set up a special division for covid related queries in 1902 helpline, where the inmates can dial the toll-free to provide feedback or lodge any complaints related to food, sanitation or medical services. “In all the centres there will be a display of the toll-free number, where patients can contact. We will be taking feedback from the inmates of covid hospitals, quarantine centres and covid-care centres and also monitor the complaints we receive. Besides this, we will be calling to those discharged on a random basis to check on the overall facilities provided to them. Apart from the toll-free helpline, even help desks will be made available for the inmates and the centre in-charge will be put on duty."

20:11 (IST)17 Jul 2020
SC rejects appeal against Telangana HC verdict on demolition of secretariat

The Supreme Court Friday dismissed an appeal against the June 29 order of the Telangana High Court which had rejected the pleas challenging the state's decision to construct a new secretariat complex after demolishing the existing one in Hyderabad. The state government had earlier indicated that the new secretariat would cost around Rs 400 crore and it had decided to equip it with state-of-the-art connectivity and other features.

A bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan refused to hear the petition observing that the high court had dealt with the matter on merits. "The special leave petition is dismissed. Pending applications stand disposed of," said the bench, also comprising Justices S K Kaul and M R Shah, which heard the matter through video-conferencing. (PTI)

17:03 (IST)17 Jul 2020
Telangana CM reviews COVID situation in the state

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Friday reviewed the coronavirus situation in the state and said that the government is well equipped to contain the spread of the virus and to give treatment to those affected by it. He held a review meeting at Pragathi Bhavan and reviewed the measures taken to contain the virus. Medical and Health Minister Etela Rajender, Panchayat Raj Minister Errabelli Dayakar Rao, Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar, Principal Secretary (Medical and Health) Murtuza Rizvi, Medical and Health Heads of different departments, CMO Principal Secretary S Narsing Rao, and Special Secretary Rajasekhar Reddy were among those who attended the meeting. The CM also thanked the doctors and medical staff for extending their excellent services to contain the spread of the virus and offering good treatment to the patients. 

16:52 (IST)17 Jul 2020
COVID-19 tally crosses 40,000-mark in AP, 42 deaths reported

The COVID-19 tally shot past the 40,000 mark in Andhra Pradesh on Friday as 2,062 fresh cases were added in the last 24 hours. The state's COVID-19 table now showed a total of 40,646 positive cases, with 19,814 of them being active after 20,298 patients were discharged. With 42 new casualties reported in the last 24 hours, the overall toll mounted to 534, the latest bulletin said.

East Godavari district reported a record 643 cases in a day, taking its aggregate to 4505, the second highest in the state behind Kurnool (5131 cases). Guntur district has 4330, Anantapuramu 4284, Chittoor 3864, Krishna 3021, West Godavari 2537 and Kadapa 2275 total cases. The state completed testing of 12.60 lakh people at the rate of 23,605 per million population, with an infection positivity rate of 3.22 per cent, news agency PTI reported.

16:02 (IST)17 Jul 2020
Telangana HC dismisses petition against demolition of old Secretariat complex

The Telangana High Court on Friday dismissed the petition against the demolition of the old Secretariat complex and endorsed the decision of the state cabinet. The court felt that there was no need for an environmental clearance for taking up the demolition.

15:14 (IST)17 Jul 2020
Telangana CM announces mid-day meal for students of govt junior and degree colleges

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao announced on Thursday that from this academic year, mid-day meal would be served to the students of government junior and degree colleges in the state. He said the students from these colleges are going back during the lunchtime, never to return again in the afternoon, which in turn is increasing the drop out rate. He added it was decided to give nutritious mid-day meal for the students for their health and to prevent the dropouts.

14:50 (IST)17 Jul 2020
Telangana Cong leader recovers from COVID-19, launches Plasma Donors Association

A Congress leader who recovered from COVID-19 has launched a Plasma Donors Association for promoting awareness among those who have successfully battled the disease, to donate plasma to save other patients. "This is purely to serve the patients without any discrimination or indulging in politics. COVID-19 patients are in urgent need of plasma today," Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee Treasurer Gudur Narayana Reddy said.

He and other office bearers met Health Minister E Rajender soon after launching the association on Thursday and requested that guidelines be framed for plasma donation in Telangana, Reddy said in a release. The Minister replied that he has asked health officials concerned to gather information from the governments of Delhi, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Odisha and other states on steps they have taken to boost plasma therapy, Reddy said in a release. (PTI)

13:21 (IST)17 Jul 2020
Lancet study finds Telangana in the list of most vulnerable to Covid-19

Followed by districts of Madhya Pradesh, Telangana ditricts may be the most vulnerable to the effects of Covid-19 pandemic according to a Lancet report which assessed several key indicators like housing, hygiene, and the health system in these states, PTI reported.

12:32 (IST)17 Jul 2020
Supreme court says construction of Secretariat prerogative of state government

Congress MLC T Jeevan Reddy's plea challenging the TS High Court verdict on the demolition of the old Secretariat buildings and construction of new buildings has been dismissed by the Apex court. The Supreme Court also pointed out it would not interfere in the policy matter as the prerogative of construction of Secretariat totally lies with the state government. Observers noted that the Supreme Court's verdict on the case is a reply to those opposing the construction of a new Secretariat.

12:01 (IST)17 Jul 2020
Demolition of Secretariat buildings: Supreme Court dismisses plea

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Meanwhile, AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi tweeted that his party MLAs met health minister E Rajender and discussed the need to increase free Covid-19 testing facilities. They reiterated the party's old demand "to increase RTPCR tests to 1000/day/centre," Owaisi said.

Telangana bureaucrat Syed Ali Murtaza, who has been posted as Secretary Health, Medical and Family Welfare department in the transfers of IAS officers made by the state government on Wednesday, paid a courtesy visit to health minister E Rajender on Thursday.

In Andhra Pradesh, with 12.40 lakh people tested so far, the infection positivity rate spiked to 3.07 per cent while the recovery rate dipped further to 50.98 per cent.

The mortality rate also increased to 1.29 per cent as 121 deaths were reported in the last three days.

Kurnool district registered the highest number of 590 cases in a day followed by East Godavari with 500.