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Telangana, AP Coronavirus Highlights: Andhra Pradesh records new high of 2,593 Covid cases, 40 deaths

Hyderabad, the epicentre of the deadly infection in the state, continued to churn out higher numbers accounting for 796 cases, followed by Ranga Reddy and Medchal districts with 212 and 115 cases respectively

By: Express Web Desk | Hyderabad, New Delhi | Updated: July 18, 2020 11:14:11 am
Telangana, Andhra Pradesh Coronavirus Live Updates: A health worker collects swab sample from a woman for Covid-19 test, at a health centre in Hyderabad. (PTI Photo)

Andhra Pradesh saw yet another day’s new high of 2,593 coronavirus cases as the state’s overall tally reached 38,044 on Thursday. Another 40 related deaths were recorded in the last 24 hours while 943 patients were discharged from hospitals across the state, the latest bulletin said. The state’s Covid-19 toll now stood at 492 and the total number of discharges at 19,393, leaving 18,159 active cases, the bulletin added.

In Telangana, 1,597 new COVID-19 cases and 11 deaths were reported, taking the tally to 39,342 and the toll to 386. The number of samples tested in the state crossed the two lakh mark while the active cases stood at 12,958 with a total of 25,999 people having been discharged so far.

Hyderabad, the epicentre of the deadly infection in the state, continued to churn out higher numbers accounting for 796 cases, followed by Ranga Reddy and Medchal districts with 212 and 115 cases respectively, a government bulletin said. A total of 13,642 samples were tested on Wednesday, the highest for a day so far, taking the cumulative numbers to 2,08,666, it said.

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21:53 (IST)16 Jul 2020
Oppn in Telangana attacks TRS govt over rain water entering govt hospital, minister hits back

Rain water entering the state-run Osmania hospital here inconveniencing the patients, triggered a war of words on Thursday between the opposition Congress, BJP and the ruling TRS. Leaders of the Congress and BJP visited the hospital and blamed the Chandrasekhar Rao-led government for its alleged negligence towards thehospital and in handling COVID-19 pandemic in the state.

State Animal Husbandry Minister T Srinivas Yadav, who also visited the hospital, hit back saying the opposition parties were only indulging in "drama". The Telangana State Human Rights Commission has asked for a report from the hospital, on the matter. State BJP president Bandi Sanjay Kumar, who paid a visit to Osmania government hospital (OGH), charged the TRS government with 'failing' to provide medical facilities to the hospital, which caters mainly to the poor patients. --PTI

20:24 (IST)16 Jul 2020
Andhra Pradesh records new high of 2,593 COVID-19 cases, 40 more deaths reported

Andhra Pradesh saw yet another day's new high of 2,593 coronavirus cases as the state's overall tally reached 38,044 on Thursday. Another 40 related deaths were recorded in the last 24 hours while 943 patients were discharged from hospitals across the state, the latest bulletin said.

The state's Covid-19 toll now stood at 492 and the total number of discharges at 19,393, leaving 18,159 active cases, the bulletin added. After 12.40 lakh people were tested in the state so far, the infection positivity rate spiked to 3.07 per cent while the recovery rate dipped further to 50.98 per cent.

18:47 (IST)16 Jul 2020
PCC chief and MP N Uttam Kumar Reddy visits Osmania General Hospital

PCC chief and MP N Uttam Kumar Reddy visited Osmania General Hospital Thursday along with Anjan Yadav, Feroz Khan, MD Ghouse and Santhosh. They visited the wards, interacted with patients and spoke to the superintendent and RMO of Osmania Hospital in detail about the problems and the conditions in the hospital.

While speaking to media, they said that Osmania is the most prestigious & biggest govt hospital in the state. The hospital attends to 2000 outpatients each day and about 60,000 surgeries are done in a year. It is a shame on KCR govt that mild rains see the wards wit patients inundated with knee deep water. The state of Osmania Hospital today reflects the abysmal standards of KCR administration.

18:31 (IST)16 Jul 2020
High Court extends stay on demolition of Telangana secretariat till July 17

The Telangana High Court on Thursday extended the temporary stay on demolition of buildings of the state secretariat till July 17. A division bench, comprising Chief Justice Raghvendra Singh Chauhan and Justice B Vijaysen Reddy, hearing a petition filed by Prof P L Vishweshwar Rao and Dr Cheruku Sudhakar, had on July 10 ordered stay on the demolition till July 13.

Later the stay was extended till July 15 directing the government to submit the state cabinet resolution on the demolition in a sealed cover. Again on Wednesday it extended the stay by one day. The petitioners alleged that the demolition of the present secretariat complex consisting of 10 blocks,
approximately 10 lakh sq ft, was being done without following the due procedure of law.

16:18 (IST)16 Jul 2020
Aarogyasri scheme extended to six more districts

Extending the Aarogyasri cover to the poor for any treatment exceeding Rs 1,000 to six more districts, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy said that the scope of the welfare scheme would be widened further in the coming days and affirmed that Andhra Pradesh is the only state in the country to include Corona treatment in Aarogyasri list.

During the video conference with district collectors while formally announcing the extension of Aarogyasri scheme to six more districts which provides medical cover for any treatment which costs Rs 1,000 or more, the Chief Minister said the State has been taking all steps to contain COVID and has brought Corona treatment under Aarogyasri since April and other States have emulated us.

The pilot project of the Aarogyasri scheme was launched on January 3 in West Godavari district to provide medical cover for any medical treatment which costs Rs 1,000 or more. The scheme was extended to Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam, Guntur, Prakasam, YSR Kadapa and Kurnool districts from Thursday.  The Chief Minister said that the scope of Aarogyasri is being widened extensively and the scheme is applicable to those whose annual income is up to Rs 5 lakh. The State will introduce grading system for hospitals and there will be a revamp of the government hospitals under Nadu Nedu, he said.

15:22 (IST)16 Jul 2020
Telangana transfers top Health department officials; brings in juniors

Amid rising COVID-19 cases in the state, the Telangana government has transferred two key officials of the health department and brought in relatively junior officers to replace them. Shanti Kumari, Special Chief Secretary (Health) and Yogita Rana, Commissioner of Public Health and Family Welfare, were transferred from their posts, according to an order issued by the Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar on Wednesday night.

Shanti Kumari, a 1989 batch IAS officer, was posted as Special Chief Secretary, Forest, while Rana (2003) was transferred as Commissioner, Department of Scheduled Castes Development. Syed Ali Murtaza, a 1999 batch IAS officer, will be replacing the 1989 batch official as Secretary, Health, Medical and Family Welfare Department and V Karuna (2004) is the new Commissioner of Public Health and Family Welfare, according to the orders. --PTI

14:48 (IST)16 Jul 2020
Dubai hospital waives off Rs 1.52 crore bill of Telangana covid-19 patient

A hospital in Dubai waived off the medical bill amounting to Rs 1.52 crore in Indian currency of a COVID-19 patient from Telangana on ‘humanitarian grounds’. A volunteer also arranged Rs 10,000 and free tickets for the man to return home. Forty-two-year-old Rajesh Lingaiah Odnala reached Hyderabad on Wednesday early morning after 80-days of treatment and was received by his family. Read his story here

Forty-two-year-old Rajesh Lingaiah Odnala reached Hyderabad on Wednesday early morning
14:11 (IST)16 Jul 2020
Hyderaba's Osmania hospital flooded with rain water

Osmania General Hospital (OGH), Hyderabad’s iconic state hospital, got flooded by sewage water. State Congress president and MP N Uttam Kumar Reddy, who posted a video of water logging in the OGH, alleged it reflected the abysmal standards of TRS administration. This is the state of Osmania Govt Hospital now!! Corona Pandemic sweeping the city and look at waterlogging in one of the most well-known government hospitals in the heart of Hyderabad!! Reflecting the abysmal standards of KCR Administration, Uttam Kumar Reddy tweeted. BJP MLA Raja Singh, in a video, alleged the TRS government has adopted a negligent attitude towards the Osmania hospital. The OGH, built during the Nizam era, is a heritage structure.

12:56 (IST)16 Jul 2020
AP CM announces Rs 15k for last rites of COVID victims

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy has announced Rs 15,000 for the final rites of those who died of COVID-19, a decision taken after the Opposition TDP criticised the government for alleged inhuman handling of bodies of coronavirus victims. The Chief Minister also warned that the government would take strict action against COVID hospitals if they were found denying medical treatment to patients. He also instructed the officials to take up a one week special drive to provide quality services in the quarantine centres where the call centre number should be displayed for registering complaints.

12:28 (IST)16 Jul 2020
AP sets up study panel for carving out new districts

The Andhra Pradesh government on Wednesday decided to constitute a high-level committee, headed by the Chief Secretary, to study the modalities for carving out new districts in the state. The state Council of Ministers, chaired by Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, that met here approved a proposal in this regard and asked the committee to submit its report as early as possible, Minister for Information and Public Relations Perni Venkataramaiah (Nani) said. The new districts were intended to ensure ease of administration and accessibility to people, he said.

11:53 (IST)16 Jul 2020
Luxury buses converted as testing centres in Andhra Pradesh

Andhra Pradesh government has also launched mobile testing units in state transport luxury buses, which have been dispatched to all districts. Amid a spike in the number of deaths and reports of some hospitals turning away patients, the health department issued an advisory that such hospitals will face serious action and their licence may be cancelled.

Mobile testing units in Andhra Pradesh
10:39 (IST)16 Jul 2020
Telangana government transfers Health Secretary and Commissioner of Public Health

In a late-night reshuffle order, Telangana government transferred A Shanti Kumari, special chief secretary in charge of Health, Medical and Family Welfare, and also Dr Yogita Rana, the Commissioner for Public Health and Family Welfare. The government appointed 1999-batch IAS officer Syed Ali Murtaza Rizvi to the post of Secretary, Health, Medical and Family Welfare. Rizvi's previous posting was as at Telangana Bhavan as Officer on Special Duty(OSD). A 2004-batch officer, V Karuna replaces Dr Yogita Rana as Commissioner, Public Health and Family Welfare. Dr Yogita Rana has been posted as Commissioner, SC Department. Karuna was waiting for a posting. Shanti Kumari has been given the charge of Special Chief Secretary (Forests).

09:55 (IST)16 Jul 2020
Amid pandemic, Hyderabad University receives record 62,853 applications for its courses

Despite Covid-19 pandemic hindering examination schedules and academic sessions in educational institutions across the country, it could have no effect on the number of students applying for the courses at the University of Hyderabad (UoH) which has received a record number of 62,853 applications online for academic session 2020-21. Last year, the number was over 56,000.

Of the total number of applicants, 35.26 per cent belong to the general category, OBC is 33.70 per cent; EWS is 4.77 per cent; SC is 17.37 per cent and ST is 8.90 per cent. Of them, 48.96 per cent of the applicants are male, 51 per cent are female while the remaining 0.04 per cent (11) belong to the transgender category. The highest number of applications have been received from Telangana (28,612) followed by Kerala (7,019), Delhi (5,082), Andhra Pradesh (4,250), West Bengal (3,878) and Orissa (3,349), etc.

University of Hyderabad Campus (File Photo)
08:48 (IST)16 Jul 2020
Andhra plan estimates need for 17,000 more doctors

Andhra Pradesh will require another 17,000 doctors and 12,000 nursing staff in the coming months to handle the pandemic, as estimated by an action plan prepared by health officials on the directions of Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy.

The number of cases have drastically increased — by 10,029 — since July 11 with 160 deaths reported till July 15. The state reported 44 deaths and 2,432 cases on Wednesday, taking the total number of positive cases and deaths to 35,451 and 458, respectively. The state has so far conducted 12,17,963 tests.

CM Reddy Wednesday called on people not to hesitate to get themselves tested and get treatment. “The main reason for the spike in deaths is that the patients are showing up at hospitals in an advanced stage of Covid-19,” Special Chief Secretary (Health) Dr K S Jawahar Reddy said.

Vijayawada: Healthcare workers collect swab samples from women for COVID-19 testing (PTI)
00:30 (IST)16 Jul 2020
11 deaths, 1,597 new COVID-19 cases in Telangana

Telangana on Wednesday reported 1,597 new COVID-19 cases and 11 deaths, taking the tally to 39,342 and the toll to 386. The number of samples tested in the state crossed the two lakh mark while the active cases stood at 12,958 with a total of 25,999 people having been discharged so far. Opposition Congress and BJP slammed the TRS government over alleged water-logging at the state-run Osmania General Hospital (OGH) here following heavy downpour.

The day also saw some social media posts claiming a patient died at the state-run Gandhi Hospital due to shortage of oxygen. A purported audio conversation between the patient andanother person was also posted. An official of the hospital, however, said there was no shortage of oxygen. The city, the epicentre of the deadly infection in the state, continued to churn out higher numbers accounting for 796 cases, followed by Ranga Reddy and Medchal districts with 212 and 115 cases respectively, a government bulletin said. PTI

20:53 (IST)15 Jul 2020
Hyderabad: Outsourcing hospital staff call off strike

Personnel, working on outsourcing basis at the state-run Gandhi and other hospitals, called off their two-day-old strike on Wednesday following assurances from Telangana government officials over their demands, including hike in wages.

The outsourcing staff from different state-run hospitals in the city, including nurses, patient care personnel and others struck work on Tuesday and Wednesday, according to Narasimha, a leader of Telangana Medical Contract and Outsourcing Workers Union. The strike was called off following assurances from state Director of Medical Education Ramesh Reddy on their demands, he said.

19:39 (IST)15 Jul 2020
Virus-hit Telangana Congress headquarters being sanitised

Gandhi Bhavan, the headquarters of the Congress in Telangana, is being sanitised after some party leaders and activists tested positive for COVID-19. The party state unit secretary, who was among those infected, died two days ago. In view of the sanitisation, the Gandhi Bhavan would remain closed for a few days, Congress sources said on Wednesday.

'Its like a government office being sanitised when COVID-19 positive cases are found and a portion of the office remaining closed for two-three days,' they said.

Some leaders of the NSUI (National Students' Union of India), the student wing of the Congress, had tested positive for the virus earlier. State Congress secretary Narender Yadav succumbed to the infection on July 13 while undergoing treatment. Yadav had participated in the birth anniversary function of former Chief Minister of undivided Andhra Pradesh Y S Rajasekhara Reddy at the Gandhi Bhavan on July 8, the sources said.

17:46 (IST)15 Jul 2020
Andhra Pradesh records single-day high of 2,432 Covid cases, 44 deaths

A new record high of 2,432 fresh cases of coronavirus were reported in Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday as the state’s aggregate shot past the 35,000 mark while 44 deaths took the overall toll in the state to 452. The latest bulletin said 805 coronavirus patients have been discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours. The aggregate number of discharges now stood at 18,378, leaving 16,621 active cases in the state, the bulletin said. With the addition of 2,432 new cases, the tally of infections rose to 35,451.

16:30 (IST)15 Jul 2020
HC extends stay on demolition of Telangana secretariat till July 16

The Telangana High Court on Wednesday extended the temporary stay on demolition of buildings of the state secretariat till July 16. A division bench comprising Chief Justice Raghvendra Singh Chauhan and Justice B Vijaysen Reddy which was hearing a petition filed by Prof P L Vishweshwar Rao and Dr Cheruku Sudhakarhad on July 10 ordereda stay on the demolition till July 13.

Later, the stay was extended till July 15 directing the government to submit the state cabinet resolution on the demolition in a sealed cover.

The petitioners alleged that the demolition of the present secretariat complex consisting of 10 blocks, approximately 10 lakhs Sq ft, was being done without following the due procedure of law.

13:40 (IST)15 Jul 2020
Hetero Healthcare Ltd begins supply of generic Remdesivir

Hetero Heathcare Limited is supplying 60,000 vials of Covifor, generic version of Remdesivir injection in the country from July 13 to July 20, PTI reported the company website as saying.

Covifor is the first generic brand of Remdesivir, the drug approved for treatment of Covid-19 patients with severe symptoms.

Out of the 60,000 vials, Maharashtra would get 12,500, followed by 10,000 and 9,000 for Delhi and Telangana respectively. The company has supplied the drug to as many as 166 hospitals in Maharashtra and 53 hospitals in Delhi.

Employees of Gandhi Hospital stage a demonstration demanding pay hike, during Unlock 2.0, at Secunderabad in Hyderabad district, Tuesday, July 14, 2020. (PTI Photo)

Expressing concern over exorbitant charges allegedly being collected by private hospitals from Covid-19 patients in violation of norms, the Telangana High Court on Tuesday asked the state government if there was any mechanism to control such hospitals from fleecing patients, PTI reported.

Referring to some PILs alleging that private hospitals were charging excessively from Covid-19 patients beyond the government prescribed limit, a division bench asked the government if there any method to take action against erring hospitals.

The Andhra Pradesh government has, meanwhile, 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.