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Telangana, Hyderabad Coronavirus Highlights: With 9,996 fresh cases, Andhra’s COVID tally over 2.64 lakh

Telangana, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh Coronavirus Highlights: The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), the virus hotspot in Telangana, witnessed a considerable dip in the number of fresh infections.

By: Express Web Desk | Hyderabad, New Delhi | Updated: August 14, 2020 7:38:12 am
A man checks a face mask before buying it in Hyderabad (AP)

Telangana, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh Coronavirus Highlights:  The number of novel coronavirus infection cases shot up to 2,64,142 in Andhra Pradesh on Thursday with 9,996 fresh cases being reported in the last 24 hours, the state government bulletin said. With 82 new deaths, the overall death toll now stands at 2,378 in the state.

Also, 9,499 patients were discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours after they recovered from the viral infection, making it a cumulative of 1,70,924 recoveries so far. The state now has 90,840 active Covid-19 cases, the bulletin added. After 27,05,459 sample tests, the Covid-19 positivity rate climbed further to 9.76 per cent.

Meanwhile, Telangana reported 1931 new cases and 11 deaths in the past 24 hours, taking the tally to 86,475 and the death toll to 665. The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), the virus hotspot in the state, witnessed a considerable dip in the number of fresh infections. The total number of people who have recovered from the infectious disease so far stood at 63,074, while 22,736 were under treatment.

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22:23 (IST)13 Aug 2020
AP reports 9,996 fresh COVID-19 cases, tally now over 2.64 lakh

The COVID-19 tally shot up to 2,64,142 in Andhra Pradesh on Thursday as 9,996 fresh cases were reported in the last 24 hours, the latest bulletin said. The state also registered 82 more coronavirus deaths, taking the overall toll to 2,378. Also, 9,499 patients were discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours after they recovered from the viral infection, making it a cumulative of 1,70,924 recoveries so far. The state now has 90,840 active Covid-19 cases, the bulletin added. After 27,05,459 sample tests, the Covid-19 positivity rate climbed further to 9.76 per cent.

21:00 (IST)13 Aug 2020
Take action against pvt hospitals charging excessively for COVID-19 treatment, HC tells Telangana govt

The Telangana High Court on Thursday directed the state government to initiate action against those private hospitals allegedly charging excessively for COVID-19 patients in violation of guidelines and beyond the prescribed rates fixed by the government.

A division bench headed by Chief Justice Raghvendra Singh Chauhan, while hearing a batch of PILs, directed the government to take strict action in accordance with law on private healthcare facilities, which are not following the state government guidelines while collecting fee from patients.

The petitions alleged that private hospitals were charging exorbitantly for COVID-19 treatment from patients. The state government informed the court that certain complaints were received against private hospitals which were under process of examination and disposal. (PTI)

18:58 (IST)13 Aug 2020
CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy reviews AMRDA works

Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy held a review meeting on Amaravati Metropolitan Region Development Authority (AMRDA) and enquired about the work in progress in the region.  There was a discussion on an action plan to complete the works and the Chief Minister asked the officials to prepare a plan for fund mobilisation. The action plan can be drawn in association with the Finance Department officials, he said. He instructed the officials to complete the Happy Nest works.  Municipal Administration Minister Botsa Satyanarayana, Chief Secretary Nilam Sawhney, AMRDA Commissioner Lakshminarayana and other officials were present at the meeting.

17:11 (IST)13 Aug 2020
Shun panic, social stigma over COVID-19; take preventive steps, say experts

Amid battling COVID-19, authorities in Telangana are also up against social stigma attached to the disease with a few people even taking the extreme step of ending their lives over fears of its fallout including being ostracised.

Experts say such fears were totally uncalled for and that social stigma was posing a challenge as they pitch for sensitising the people that coronavirus can infect anyone. Instead of becoming paranoid, the focus should be on taking adequate preventive steps and remaining courageous even in case of testing positive for the virus, doctors said. The advice of the doctors assumes significance in the wake of a few individuals committing suicide in recent weeks in Telangana out of fear, either before testing positive or after. (PTI)

14:00 (IST)13 Aug 2020
Hyderabad nurse found dead in hostel, suicide suspected

A 25-year-old nurse working at a private hospital in Hyderabad was found dead at her hostel dormitory. Police suspect she died by suicide as an injection was recovered from beside her bed.

Sub-Inspector K Uma Maheshawari of Market Police Station said the woman, a native of Nalgonda district, was found dead on Tuesday evening when her roommates went to call her for dinner. Though no suicide note was found, an injection was recovered beside her body. “As she is a nurse, she must have injected herself with some poisonous substance. We have registered a case and started an investigation,” the SI told indianexpress.com.

12:52 (IST)13 Aug 2020
Telangana reports 1,931 new COVID-19 cases; Hyderabad Corporation area sees dip in infections

Telangana reported 1,931 new COVID-19 cases, pushing the overall tally to 86,475, while the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), the virus hotspot in the state, witnessed a considerable dip in the number of fresh infections. Eleven more fatalities took the death toll in the state to 665. The GHMC saw a dip in the number of fresh infections as only 298 cases were reported, a state government bulletin said on Thursday, providing data as of 8 pm on Wednesday. As many as 479 were reported from GHMC on Tuesday. As far as new coronavirus cases, GHMC was followed by Warangal Urban (144), Rangareddy (124), Karimnagar (89), Sangareddy (86) and Nalgonda (84). Except Komaram Bheem Asifabad (3), all the remaining 32 districts reported positive cases in double digits.

12:14 (IST)13 Aug 2020
Over 3 Cr N95 masks, 1.28 Cr PPEs given to states by Centre for free

The government has distributed more than 3.04 crore N95 masks and over 1.28 crore personal protection equipment (PPE) kits among the states, Union territories and central institutions for free since March 11, the health ministry said on Thursday. Also, more than 10.83 crore hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) tablets have been distributed among them, it added.

In addition, 22,533 “Make in India” ventilators have been delivered to various states, Union territories and central institutions, the ministry said, adding that the Centre is also ensuring the installation and commissioning of the machines.

11:40 (IST)13 Aug 2020
Citing Bengaluru violence, Telangana Minister, Police urge social media users to not spread fake news

Telangana Minister and ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi working president K T Rama Rao on Wednesday urged social media users to be responsible and not spread any fake news while the state police warned of strict action against offenders in the backdrop of the Bengaluru violence. Rao, son of Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, was responding to media reports that the violence broke out in Bengaluru over a provocative social media post. "Goes to show you how dangerous spreading fake news in social media can be. Request all SM users to be responsible; don't indulge in propaganda & stop spreading fake news. Social media cannot turn into an instrument for anti-social behaviour," he tweeted, tagging a report on the violence.

10:33 (IST)13 Aug 2020
Hyderabad autorickshaw driver, struggling to meet daily rent, returns Rs 1.4 lakh to passenger

The ongoing pandemic and its induced hardships did not deter a Hyderabadi autorickshaw driver from returning a bag full of cash to its rightful owner Tuesday. As a token of appreciation and gratitude, Habeeb was awarded Rs 5,000 by the women. The SHO felicitated Habeeb with a shawl and garland.

According to police, the passenger, Ayesha, had forgotten the bag in the vehicle and later approached the cops
09:46 (IST)13 Aug 2020
AP COVID-19 tally crosses 2.5 lakh mark with 9,597 new cases

Adding 9,597 to its tally of COVID-19 cases, Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday crossed the 2.50 lakh mark as the infection positivity rate continued to spiral, reaching 9.59 per cent, overtaking Tamil Nadu. The state recorded 93 fresh coronavirus casualties while another 6,676 patients recovered and got discharged from hospitals across the state in the last 24 hours, the latest government bulletin said. East Godavari district surged further, adding 1,332 fresh cases and reaching a gross of 35,642 while Kurnool also crossed the 30,000 mark with the addition of 781 new cases.

08:32 (IST)13 Aug 2020
'Baahubali' director SS Rajamouli, family test negative for COVID-19

Filmmaker SS Rajamouli on Wednesday said he and his family members have tested negative for coronavirus, two weeks after completing quarantine at home. The director, best known for his epic fantasy hit "Baahubali" series, had revealed on July 29 that they underwent the test for COVID-19 after developing mild fever.

In a Twitter update, Rajamouli, 46, said the family will now wait for three weeks to check if they can donate plasma as advised by doctors. "Completed two weeks of quarantine! No symptoms. Tested just for the sake of it. It is negative for all of us. Doctor said we need to wait three weeks from now to see if we've developed enough antibodies for plasma donation," the director wrote. Before the coronavirus-induced nationwide lockdown was announced in March, Rajamouli was working on his upcoming period action drama "Rise Roar Revolt".

Filmmaker SS Rajamouli wrote on Twitter that he has tested negative for coronavirus. (Photo: Express Archives)
15:24 (IST)12 Aug 2020
Telangana issues helpline number for assisting people with Covid queries

The percentage of deaths due to comorbidities in Telanagan is 53.87 per cent. The percentage of deaths caused by COVID-19 is 46.13 per cent. The call centre number for helpline, telemedicine and grievances is 104. People can contact 9154170960 on whatsapp for any grievances pertaining to private hospitals and laboratories, it added.

14:36 (IST)12 Aug 2020
As hospital fires kill many, the question: who is responsible?

The recent fires in Vijayawada and Ahmedabad at hospitals for Covid-19 patients have pointed to the lack of fire safety measures. What are the rules, how are they flouted, and where does the buck stop? Read more

14:18 (IST)12 Aug 2020
NSUI activists storm Pragati Bhavanto protest Telangana govt's decision to conduct entrance exams

NSUI activists storm Pragati Bhavan in protest against Telangana government's decision to conduct entrance exams. Activists dressed in PPE kits tried to scale the gates of Pragati Bhavan.

12:37 (IST)12 Aug 2020
Andhra CM launches scheme to promote women entrepreneurs

Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy launches a scheme that aims to make women self-reliant

10:45 (IST)12 Aug 2020
India reports 60,963 cases, 834 deaths in last 24 hours; total infections at 23,29,639

With India reporting 60,963 coronavirus cases and 834 deaths in the last 24 hours, the total number of Covid-19 infections Wednesday rose to 23,29,639 including 46091 fatalities, 6,43,948 active cases and 16,39,600 recoveries. The country has the third-highest cases in the world after the US and Brazil.

10:10 (IST)12 Aug 2020
IPS officer Rajendranath Reddy to head Andhra intelligence wing

The Andhra Pradesh government late Tuesday night posted senior IPS officer K V Rajendranath Reddy to the state intelligence wing as its new chief, an official order said. Reddy, a 1992 batch officer, will also hold full additional charge as director general of vigilance and enforcement under the General Administration Department, an order issued by Chief Secretary Nilam Sawhney said. Commissioner of Police, Visakhapatnam city, Rajiv Kumar Meena has been shunted out and directed to report to the police headquarters here. Manish Kumar Sinha, a 2000 batch officer of the inspector-general rank, will replace Kumar, the order said. Sinha was heading the intelligence wing.

09:43 (IST)12 Aug 2020

Welcome to The Indian Express live blog. Telangana has 84,544 cases, while Andhra Pradesh has 2,44,549. The toll in Telangana stands at 654, while 2203 people have succumbed to infection in Andhra Pradesh. Follow LIVE updates

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.

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.

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.