Union Home Minister Kishan Reddy visiting the Gandhi Hospital in Telangana. (ANI/Twitter)
A new daily record of 1,933 cases pushed the coronavirus tally in Andhra Pradesh to 29,168 on Sunday. The COVID-19 toll escalated to 328 as the state reported a fresh single-day high of 19 deaths, the government said in its latest bulletin. Meanwhile, 20 staffers of Telangana’s Raj Bhavan tested Covid positive on Sunday. With this, 1,269 new positive cases were added to the state’s tally now standing at 34,671. Eight deaths were reported on Sunday, with total Covid-19 deaths at 356.
Union Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy on Sunday said that the Centre will provide 1200 ventilators to Telangana and requested the state government to increase coronavirus testing as he visited the state’s largest covid facility hospital.
After a deceased covid patient’s body was carried in an auto rickshaw by his relative without the assistance of any health authorities, Telangana’s director of Medical Education Dr. Ramesh Reddy has ordered a detailed enquiry into the handover of a covid positive body to relatives instead of following the standard protocol. He has also instructed Nizamabad Government Hospital’s superintendent to file criminal cases against staff members of the hospital involved in handling over the body.
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A locked down road in Hyderabad (Express photo by Rahul V Pisharody)
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Private hospitals shall be notified by the respective district collectors as to which category the government has classified them and shall remain so until further review and revision based on the evolving circumstances, said the Andhra government.
The Commissioner of Health and Family Welfare has established a web portal that would enable the district collectors to monitor the number of beds available in all government and private hospitals of A and B category, allocation of beds, their utilisation, deployment of human resources.
How will the allocation of beds happen?
While data on availability of beds in category A exclusive Covid hospitals is available with district collectors, the category B hospitals with more than 70 beds capacity have to earmark a floor or a block or a ward to treat the Covid-19 cases and inform the district collector about the number of beds available.
How will the government ensure all of them receive treatment?
The government has also fixed rates for treatment at all the hospitals so that patients are not over-charged. While beneficiaries under the Aarogyasi Scheme can avail free treatment which the government will reimburse the hospitals, those hospitals not empanelled under Aarogyasri Scheme can charge the patients as per the rates fixed by the government. The per day charges for non-critical Covid-19 treatment has been fixed at Rs 3,250; Rs 5,480 per day for ICU bed without ventilator and without NIV; Rs 5,980 per day for ICU with NIV; Rs 9,580 per ICU bed with ventilator.