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Telangana, AP Coronavirus Highlights: Andhra Pradesh records new single day high of 1,933 cases, 19 deaths

Andhra Pradesh, on the other hand, reported a single-day high of 1,608 coronavirus cases on Friday, taking the overall tally past 25,000 to 25,422.

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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Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad Coronavirus News Live Updates: The two states are among those with the highest growth rates in India; Telangana  has crossed 30,000-cases mark, while Andhra has reported over 25,000 cases.

21:46 (IST)12 Jul 2020
Telangana records 1,269 cases, 8 deaths in past 24 hours

1,269 fresh cases pushed the coronavirus tally in Telangana to 34,671 on Sunday. The COVID-19 toll escalated to 356 as the state reported 8 deaths, the government said in its latest bulletin. The active cases in the state stand at 11,883.

20:28 (IST)12 Jul 2020
Twenty staffers at Telangana's Raj Bhavan test positive for Covid19

On Saturday and Sunday, Rapid antigen tests for COVID-19 were done since few of the special police battalion personnel tested positive in RT PCR test as a part of contact tracing with the help of Director Public Health. In all 395 tests were conducted out of which 347 were negative. 28 police personnel were tested positive and they were sent to isolation immediately. 10 Raj Bhavan staff and 10 family members of Raj Bhavan staff also tested positive. All these 20 members were admitted to Government Ayurveda Hospital, S.R.Nagar for further treatment. Hon'ble Governor led from the front not only by arranging the tests for the staff and police personnel but also volunteered herself for getting tested. She was tested as Negative. She appealed the people in red zones or with the contact history to get themselves tested at the earliest to contain further spread. She further said that early diagnosis not only protects us but also protects others and urged that one should not hesitate from getting tested and should motivate others to follow 4Ts-Test, Trace, Treat and Teach.

17:20 (IST)12 Jul 2020
AP records new single day high of 1,933 cases, 19 deaths

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. In the last 24 hours ending at 10 AM, a total of 846 patients were discharged from hospitals upon recovering from the infection, it said.

So far, 15,412 coronavirus infected patients had recovered in the state, leaving 13,428 active cases. The gross 29,168 positive cases included 26,336 locals, 2,403 from other states and 429 foreign returnees. Guntur district now crossed the 3,000 mark, with 3,019 cases behind Kurnool (3,405) and Anantapuramu (3,290). The state so far tested 11,53,849 samples with a positivity rate of 2.53 per cent but the recovery rate slumped to 52.84 per cent.

15:15 (IST)12 Jul 2020
1,933 COVID-19 cases reported in Andhra Pradesh in last 24 hours

1,933 COVID19 cases were reported in Andhra Pradesh in the last 24 hours. The total number of cases in the state is now at 29,168, including 13,428 active cases, 15,412 discharged and 328 deaths.

13:38 (IST)12 Jul 2020
Centre will provide 1,200 ventilators to Telangana, says Union Minister G Kishan Reddy

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. Reddy also assured any required medical equipment to fight the pandemic.

Yesterday, Reddy visited 2 coronavirus testing centres in the state to take stock of the testing situation.

12:53 (IST)12 Jul 2020
Poet-writer Varavara Rao’s family asks state to provide "required medical care" amid further deteriorating health

Revolutionary poet and activist P Varavara Rao’s family Sunday released a press statement highlighting his need for "emergency healthcare"  after Rao’s health after Rao’s health deteriorated further in Taloja central jail. 

The press release comes after receiving a phone call from him on Saturday which “was much more worrisome as he did not answer straight questions on his health” the family said in the press release.The family also highlighted the rejection of Rao's bail application at least 5 times despite of his old age, ill- health and covid vulnerabilities.

"The state is trying to kill him. His brain is getting damaged. Our only demand at the moment is to get him medical care, or leave him to the family. We will take care of him. The constitution of India gives everyone the right to life. Varavara Rao's life is in danger. Please don't kill him in jail," Venugopal Rao, nephew of Varavara Rao said.

Rao, booked in the Elgaar Parishad case, has been behind bars since 2018. In May, the 81-year old was rushed to the state-run JJ Hospital after he fell unconscious in jail but was discharged within a few days.

10:48 (IST)12 Jul 2020
Telangana's DME orders probe after man carries Covid dead body in auto-rickshaw

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. He also emphasised that all the Hospital superintendents are instructed to strictly follow the guidelines and such incidents should not be repeated in public interest .

09:08 (IST)12 Jul 2020
Telangana: Body of covid patient taken to burial ground in auto rickshaw

Without the supervision of any hospital authorities, the body of a deceased covid patient was taken to a burial ground from the Nizamabad Government Hospital after the victim's relative who works at the hospital initiated the request.

Talking to ANI, Dr. Rao, the hospital's superintendent said "His relative who works in our hospital had asked us to hand over the body to him and after his request, we handed him the body yesterday. He didn't wait for the ambulance and took the body in an auto with the help of a person who also works in our hospital's morgue."

08:55 (IST)12 Jul 2020
Over 85% covid beds vacant in Telangana

The Telangana government hospitals have established a capacity of 17,081 beds catered for coronavirus patients, the government said Saturday. Out of these 11,928 area isolation beds, 3,537 are oxygen beds and 1,616 are critical care unit beds. The current coronavirus bed occupancy in the state stands at 10.7% making 89.3% beds available.

08:25 (IST)12 Jul 2020
Telangana conducts over 11,000 tests in the last 24 hours

Telangana conducted an additional 11,062 tests Saturday which was the highest till date, according to the bulletin issued by the Government of Telangana. The total number of samples tested till now stand at 1,62,171.

20:13 (IST)11 Jul 2020
Andhra records 1,813 new cases, tally touches 27,235

Each of the 13 districts in Andhra Pradesh has been reporting fresh cases of coronavirus resulting in a highest single-day spike of 1,813 cases on Saturday, taking the state aggregate to 27,235.

Anantapuramu district reported 311 Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, the highest in a district so far, followed by Chittoor with 300.

Kurnool and Anantapuramu districts crossed the 3,000-mark, registering 3,168 and 3,161 Covid-19 cases thus far with Chittoor, East Godavari, Guntur and Krishna having over 2,000 cases each. (PTI)

16:12 (IST)11 Jul 2020
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16:10 (IST)11 Jul 2020
Teams to curb black marketing of oxygen cylinders in Telangana

The Telangana government has decided to form joint teams of officials to carry out inspections, among other measures, to check black marketing of oxygen cylinders, news agency PTI reported.

Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar held a meeting with officials, including the police, on Friday on the supply of oxygen to hospitals.

The meeting decided to form the joint teams and take other measures following complaints of black marketing of oxygen cylinders, leading to a possible shortage in supply to hospitals, an official press release said.

The joint teams would comprise officials from the Drug Control Administration, Task Force of Hyderabad city police, Director of Public Health and Deputy Chief Controller of Explosives.

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14:00 (IST)11 Jul 2020
Telangana: Nearly 200 contract nurses go on a strike
The nurses had met with the director of medical education (DME), Dr. K Ramesh Reddy, Friday and submitted a representation addressed to health minister Eatala Rajender.( (Express Photo by Rahul V Pisharody)

Nearly 200 contract nurses from Telangana's Gandhi General Hospital went on an indefinite strike Saturday demanding payment at par with the newly recruited outsourcing nursing staff and regularisation of their services.

In the letter, they said a total of 200 staff were working since 2007 on a contract and were paid Rs 15,000 per month after deductions. Having put themselves on the front line in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, many among them were already infected with the virus as they requested the minister to regularise their services.

13:38 (IST)11 Jul 2020
Union Minister Kishan Reddy visits Covid centres in Telangana

The Union Minister of State of Home Affairs, G. Kishan Reddy visited the coronavirus testing centres in Fever Hospital, Nallakunta, Hyderabad and at the Railway Hospital in Telangana today."Visited the #COVID19 Testing Centre at the PHC in Fever Hospital, Nallakunta, Hyderabad to take stock of the testing situation, this morning.Interacted with doctors, paramedical staff and boosted their morale and expressed gratitude for their godly service'" Reddy Tweeted.

13:22 (IST)11 Jul 2020
"Itolizumab" injection approved for restricted emergency use on Covid patients


Itolizumab, an antibody injection used to cure skin ailment psoriasis has been approved by India's drug regulator for restricted emergency use on coronavirus patients that have moderate to severe acute respiratory distress, officials said.

Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) grants Restricted Emergency Use authorisation for use of Itolizumab for moderate to severe #COVID19 patients: Govt of India

— ANI (@ANI) July 11, 2020

13:18 (IST)11 Jul 2020
Telangana's daily case surge slowing down

In the last 3 days, Telangana has shown signs of slowing as the number of new coronavirus cases reported in a day went down from a level of 1,700-1,800 to about 1,200-1,300.

12:40 (IST)11 Jul 2020
India's caseload cross 8 lakh mark

With a record single-day increase of 27,114 cases, India's coronavirus case load reached 8,20,916 on Saturday.

Out of the 519 new deaths, Andhra Pradesh reported 15 fatalities while Telangana reported eight. 

09:32 (IST)11 Jul 2020
Telangana tests highest samples till date

The Telangana government on Friday collected 10,354 samples in a day, the highest till date. As of Friday evening, the total people tested stood at 1,51,109 with testing over 10,000 samples in the last 24 hours.

08:58 (IST)11 Jul 2020
Over 90% covid beds vacant in Telangana

The Covid bed occupancy in Telangana is 9.5% leaving over 90% beds vacant. According to the government's bulletin, govt. hospitals have established a capacity of 17,081 coronavirus beds of which 11,928 are isolation beds, 3,537 are oxygen beds and 16,16 are beds for critical care.

A locked down road in Hyderabad (Express photo by Rahul V Pisharody)

Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad Coronavirus News Live Updates

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.

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