A health worker stands by a wall before taking nasal swab samples to test for COVID-19 in Hyderabad. (AP)
Telangana, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh Coronavirus Highlights : Telangana reported 2,176 new COVID-19 cases, pushing the tally of positive infections to 1,79,246, while the death toll rose to 1,070 with eight more fatalities, the State government said. Out of the 2,176 fresh cases, 308 were recorded in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), followed by Rangareddy (168), Medchal Malkajgiri (151), Nalgonda (136), Karimnagar (120) and other districts, a government bulletin said on Thursday, providing data as of 8 pm on September 23.
The cumulative recovered cases stood at 1,48,139, while 30,037 were under treatment. The recovery rate in the state rose further to 82.64 per cent, while it was 81.42 per cent in the country, it said. The bulletin said 55,318 samples were tested on September 23. Cumulatively, the number of specimens tested was 26,84,215.
The aggregate number of coronavirus positive cases increased to 6,46,530 in Andhra Pradesh as 7,228 were added afresh on Wednesday. In the 24 hours ending 9 am on Wednesday, 8,291 patients had recovered and been discharged from hospitals while 45 more succumbed, the latest bulletin said. The total number of recoveries has now risen to 5,70,667 and the gross toll to 5,506, it said. The state now has 70,357 active cases.
While Andhra Pradesh has nearly 6.5 lakh confirmed cases, Telangana's tally has touched 1.79 lakh.
Telangana and Andhra Pradesh failed to reach an agreement over resuming interstate bus travel when the Telangana government abruptly cancelled a meeting of the Transport ministers scheduled for Monday. The crucial meeting was set up when AP government sought to bargain a political solution and the state Transport minister Perni Venkataramaiah took up the issue with his Telangana counterpart Puvvada Ajay Kumar. The inconclusive nature of the issue has resulted in depriving thousands of people in the two states of a public transport option despite the complete opening of interstate borders as part of Unlock 4.
Meanwhile, a serosurvey in Andhra Pradesh has revealed that close to 20 per cent of the state's population has developed antibodies for SARS-COV-2. The serosurvey, which included 5,000 people, showed that 19.7 per cent of people developed immunity against the virus. Disclosing the survey findings, AP Commissioner for Health and Family Welfare Katamaneni Bhaskar said 22.5 per cent population in urban areas and 18.2 per cent in rural acquired immunity for Covid-19.