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Telangana, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh Coronavirus Highlights: Telangana to resume interstate, city bus services from September 25

Telangana, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh Coronavirus Highlights: While Andhra Pradesh has nearly 6.5 lakh confirmed cases, Telangana's tally has touched 1.79 lakh.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: September 25, 2020 7:48:48 am
Telangana, Andhra Pradesh Coronavirus LIVE UPDATES: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.

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While Andhra Pradesh has nearly 6.5 lakh confirmed cases, Telangana's tally has touched 1.79 lakh.

21:59 (IST)24 Sep 2020
Telangana to resume interstate, city bus services from Sep 25

After a gap of over six months, the Telangana government has decided to resume bus services in the city from September 25. Inter-state bus services from Telangana to Karnataka and Maharashtra will also be restarted from Friday, an official release said on Thursday. Transport Minister P Ajay Kumar said 25 per cent of the nearly 2,800 buses in 29 depots of Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) in Greater Hyderabad would be operational. The city bus services have been under suspension since March as part of the lockdown announced to contain coronavirus. (PTI)

15:25 (IST)24 Sep 2020
Covid-19 Cancer patients return to Hyderabad hospital despite higher risk

“I have Cancer. The virus is the least of my concerns in life.” Y Shankar, a head-load worker hailing from Mancherial district of northern Telangana, is very clear about his priorities.

With the unlock regimes kicking in, he is among the scores of patients flocking to Hyderabad’s Mehdi Nawaz Jung (MNJ) Institute of Oncology and Regional Cancer Center (RCC) for the restart of treatment. The 52-year-old, diagnosed with cancer when the COVID-19 pandemic led to a nation-wide lockdown, has now rented a small room in Hyderabad along with his nephew. As the restrictions have eased up, he decided to waste no more time proceeding with treatment and will be visiting the hospital for another three weeks.

Every morning, hundreds of patients accompanied by attendants line up outside the outpatient block of the hospital. The state-run facility at Red Hills is the only regional centre for the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, catering primarily to the underprivileged. While there are no signs yet of the Covid-19 pandemic abating, a large number of patients like Shankar have started flocking to the hospital since August. Click here to read the full report.


14:43 (IST)24 Sep 2020
Telangana Police on alert as Maoists attempt to reestablish base

The Telangana Police have stepped up patrolling and combing operations in Bhadradri-Kothagudem district, along the Chhattisgarh border, after drone cameras spotted Maoists entering the state on three different occasions. Special Intelligence Branch officials said that there has been an increase in movement of Maoists in the area and they appeared to be regrouping and holding meetings.

The Maoist leadership asked their Telugu cadre, who have been operating in Chhattisgarh, to move to Telangana and East Godavari district in Andhra Pradesh to diffuse tensions between Telugu and Chhattisgarh cadres, officials said.

In the last 30 days, eight Maoists have been shot dead in alleged encounters in the forests along the border with Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra. On Wednesday night, three Maoists, including two women cadres, were shot dead in Chennapuram forests in Bhadradri-Kothagudem district and police recovered a rifle and explosives. Superintendent of Police Sunil Dutt said that a combing team came across a group of Maoists on Wednesday afternoon and there was an exchange of fire, but the Maoists managed to escape.

13:38 (IST)24 Sep 2020
2176 new cases, 8 deaths in Telangana

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.

11:52 (IST)24 Sep 2020
Hyderabad: DGGI arrests city Infra firm director in ITC fraud

The officials of the Directorate General of GST Intelligence (DGGI), Hyderabad Wednesday arrested the director of a private limited company for fraudulently availing and utilising input tax credit (ITC) by issuing fake invoices without any supply of goods or services. The accused was remanded in judicial custody till October 6.

The Hyderabad headquartered infrastructure company, Smartgen Infra, has its operations ranging from commercial real estate, IT/ITES services, the supply of coal, PCCP and BWC Pipes, execution of drinking water pipeline projects, and to supply and installation of electro-mechanical works.

11:52 (IST)24 Sep 2020
Hyderabad: DGGI arrests city Infra firm director in ITC fraud

The officials of the Directorate General of GST Intelligence (DGGI), Hyderabad Wednesday arrested the director of a private limited company for fraudulently availing and utilising input tax credit (ITC) by issuing fake invoices without any supply of goods or services. The accused was remanded in judicial custody till October 6.

The Hyderabad headquartered infrastructure company, Smartgen Infra, has its operations ranging from commercial real estate, IT/ITES services, the supply of coal, PCCP and BWC Pipes, execution of drinking water pipeline projects, and to supply and installation of electro-mechanical works.

10:58 (IST)24 Sep 2020
COVID-19 cases in India breach 57-lakh mark, recovery rate at 81.55 per cent

India's COVID-19 caseload raced past 57 lakh, while over 46 lakh people have recovered from the disease pushing the national recovery rate to 81.55 per cent, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Thursday. The total coronavirus cases mounted to 57,32,518 with 86,508 people testing positive in a day while the  death toll climbed to 91,149 with 1,129 people succumbing to the disease in a span of 24 hours, the data updated at 8 am showed. The total recoveries surged to 46,74,987 in the country so far. The COVID-19 case fatality rate due to the coronavirus infection was recorded at 1.59 per cent. There are 9,66,382 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country which comprises 16.86 per cent of the total caseload, the data stated.

09:35 (IST)24 Sep 2020
Two women among three alleged Maoists killed in Telangana

Three alleged Maoists, including two women, were killed in an “exchange of fire” with the police at the Chennapuram forest area under Charla police station in Telangana’s Bhadradri Kothagudem District Wednesday evening, said police. An 8mm rifle, a pistol, and explosives, among other items, were seized from them.

With Wednesday’s ‘exchange of fire’, the total number of suspected Maoists killed in Telangana in the month stands at 8.

08:33 (IST)24 Sep 2020
Telangana: ACP Malkajgiri booked for disproportionate assets worth Rs 70 crore

Simultaneous searches by the Telangana Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) at 25 locations across Telangana and Andhra Pradesh Wednesday, on properties linked to Malkajgiri ACP Yelmakuri Narasimha Reddy, unearthed assets worth at least Rs 70 crore in market value and disproportionate to his lawful sources of income. The ACB has registered a case of Disproportionate Assets (DA) against the cop.

During these searches, the officials have found documents for “55 acres of Agricultural lands at Anantapur, 4 plots admeasuring 1960 Sq. Yards of land in front of Cyber Towers in Madhapur, 2 other house plots, 1 Commercial G + 3 building at Hafeezpet, and 2 houses.” That apart, officials identified “Rs. 15 lakh cash balance, 2 bank lockers, and investments in real estate and other businesses”

19:11 (IST)23 Sep 2020
AP records 7,228 COVID-19 cases, 45 more deaths

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.

16:11 (IST)23 Sep 2020
Telangana sees 10 more deaths, 2,296 new COVID-19 cases

Telangana recorded 2,296 fresh coronavirus cases, pushing the aggregate to 1.77 lakh, while the toll rose to 1,062 in the state with 10 fatalities. Out of the 2,296 cases, 321 were reported in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), followed by Rangareddy 217, Medchal Malkajgiri 173, Nalgonda 155, Karimngar 136 and other districts, a state government bulletin said on Wednesday, providing data as of 8 PM on September 22. The cumulative recovered cases stood at 1.46 lakh, while 29,873 were under treatment. The recovery rate in the state rose further to 82.52 per cent, while it was 81.23 per cent in the country, it said.

13:29 (IST)23 Sep 2020
Bharat Biotech inks pact with Washington University's School of Medicine for intranasal Covid-19 vaccine

Bharat Biotech Wednesday signed a licensing agreement with Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis for a novel "chimp-adenovirus" (Chimpanzee adenovirus), single dose intranasal vaccine for Covid-19, PTI reported.

According to a press release issued by the city based vaccine maker, Bharat Biotech owns the rights to distribute the vaccine in all markets except the US, Japan and Europe.

While the Phase 1 trials will take place in St. Loius University's Vaccine and Treatment Evaluation Unit, Bharat Biotech, upon obtaining the required regulatory approval, will pursue further stges of clinical trials in India and undertake large scale manufacture of the vaccine at its GMP facility located in Genome Valley in Hyderabad, it said.

20:37 (IST)22 Sep 2020
Andhra records 10,555 recoveries, 7,553 new COVID-19 cases

Andhra Pradesh has reported 10,555 recoveries against 7,553 new COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours ending 9 am on Tuesday. The recovery rate has been showing steady improvement as more number of Covid-19 patients are getting cured compared to the fresh cases being reported daily. A Covid-19 bulletin said 51 more patients succumbed to the infection in 24 hours. The coronavirus chart now read 6,39,302 total cases, 5,62,376 recoveries and 5,461 deaths. The number of active cases plummeted to 71,465 on Tuesday.

16:13 (IST)22 Sep 2020
Maharashtra and Andhra contributing largest number of cases every day

Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh, two states that are contributing the largest number of cases every day, also reported significantly lower new detections on Monday because of the reduced testing. Maharashtra, which has otherwise been reporting almost 25,000 new cases everyday, discovered less than 16,000 on Monday, while Andhra Pradesh detected about 6,000 against its normal daily addition of about 9,000. Read more here

16:11 (IST)22 Sep 2020
10 more deaths, 2,166 new COVID-19 cases in Telangana

Telangana recorded 2,166 new Covid-19 cases and 10 deaths, pushing the tally to 1.74 lakh while the toll rose to 1,052, a state government bulletin said on Tuesday. Out of the fresh cases, 309 were reported from the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), followed by Rangareddy 166, Medchal Malkajgiri 147, Karimnagar 127, Nalgonda 113 and other districts. The cumulative recovered cases stood at 1.44 lakh, while 29,649 were under treatment.

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.