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Telangana, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh Coronavirus HIGHLIGHTS: AP records 8,096 new cases, over 11,000 patients recover

Telangana, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh Coronavirus News Live HIGHLIGHTS: Telangana's recovery rate rose to 81.02% and its case fatalities rate continues to stand at 0.60%.

By: Express Web Desk | Hyderabad, New Delhi | Updated: September 19, 2020 10:54:16 am
A man checks a face mask before buying it in Hyderabad (AP)

Telangana, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh Coronavirus HIGHLIGHTS: Continuing to register a dip in fresh COVID-19 cases, Andhra Pradesh in the 24 hours ending 9 am on Friday reported 8,096 new infections and 67 fatalities, taking the tally to over six lakh and death toll to 5244. The state registered an increase in recoveries with 11,803 patients recovering. The overall number of coronavirus tests in the state was just short of the 50-lakh mark, at 49.59 lakh, on Friday, turning a positivity rate of 12.29 per cent. While the aggregate cases rose to 6,09,558, recoveries increased to 5,19,891, leaving 84,423 active cases after 5,244 mortalities, the latest bulletin said.

AP reached the 10,000 cases mark on June 24, one lakh on July 27, two lakh on August 7 and 2.50 lakh on August 12. It reached the three-lakh mark on August 18 and four lakh on the 28th. On September 7, the Covid-19 tally went past the five lakh figure. It took 190 days for the state to go from just one case to six lakh cases after the first person tested positive for the contagion on March 12, with the last two lakh coming in just 20 days.

Telangana reported 2,043 new cases along with 11 new fatalities in the last 24 hours, taking the state’s total caseload to over 1.67 lakh cases along with 1,016 total deaths, Telangana’s Covid-19 bulletin said on Friday. Out of the total infections, over 1.35 lakh people have recovered after testing positive while 30,673 infections still persist. Telangana’s recovery rate rose to 81.02% and its case fatalities rate continues to stand at 0.60%.

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While Andhra Pradesh has crossed the 6 lakh-case mark, Telangana's tally is over 1.65 lakh. Follow LIVE updates

21:12 (IST)18 Sep 2020
AP records 8,096 new cases, over 11,000 patients recover

Continuing to register a dip in fresh COVID-19 cases, Andhra Pradesh in the 24 hours ending 9 am on Friday reported 8,096 new infections and 67 fatalities, taking the tally to over six lakh and death toll to 5244. The state registered an increase in recoveries with 11,803 patients recovering. The overall number of coronavirus tests in the state was just short of the 50-lakh mark, at 49.59 lakh, on Friday, turning a positivity rate of 12.29 per cent. While the aggregate cases rose to 6,09,558, recoveries increased to 5,19,891, leaving 84,423 active cases after 5,244 mortalities, the latest bulletin said.

20:17 (IST)18 Sep 2020
Number of fluoride-affected villages in Telangana came down to zero: Minister

The number of villages having fluoride-affected drinking water sources in Telangana has come down to zero from 967 at the time of its formation due to the successful implementation of Mission Bhagiratha drinking water supply scheme, state Municipal Administration Minister K T Rama Rao said on Friday. "No of Fluoride affected villages at the time of formation of #Telangana was 967!! After the successful implementation of the #MissionBhagiratha, the number has come down to Zero, he tweeted.

15:32 (IST)18 Sep 2020
Recoveries consistently higher than new cases in Andhra Pradesh

For the last two weeks, the number of recoveries in Andhra Pradesh has been consistently higher than the number of daily detections of new infections of the novel coronavirus. That has led to a gradual decrease in the number of active cases in the state, which has dropped from a high of 1.04 lakh to well below 90,000 now. Andhra Pradesh has the second-highest coronavirus caseload in the country. On Thursday, the total number of confirmed infections in the state crossed the six-lakh mark. But there are fewer detections of new cases happening now compared to two weeks earlier. For the last one week, the daily new infections have remained below 10,000. Andhra Pradesh was the only state which had been contributing more than 10,000 cases every day, apart from Maharashtra, which has been reporting more than 20,000 infections every day for two weeks now. Read the analysis here

10:08 (IST)18 Sep 2020
India's caseload surpass 52-lakh mark

India's coronavirus tally crossed the 52-lakh mark on Friday after 96,424 fresh cases were reported in the span of 24 hours, and stood at 52,14,678. With 1,174 deaths, the death toll now stands at 84,372. There are 10,17,754 active cases and at least 41,12,552 people have been cured/discharged from hospitals.

08:53 (IST)18 Sep 2020
Telangana: Over 50,000 samples tested in the last 24 hours

Telangana tested 50,634 individuals in the last 24 hours taking the total number of samples collected in the state to over 23.79 lakh, Telangana's Covid-19 bulletin said on Friday.

08:47 (IST)18 Sep 2020
JUST IN| Telangana records 2,043 new cases, 11 fatalities in the last 24 hours

Telangana reported 2,043 new cases along with 11 new fatalities in the last 24 hours taking the state's total caseload to over 1.67 lakh cases along with 1,016 total deaths, Telangana’s Covid-19 bulletin said on Friday. Out of the total infections, over 1.35 lakh people have recovered after testing positive while 30,673 infections still persist. Telangana's recovery rate rose to 81.02% and its case fatalities rate continues to stand at 0.60%.

22:19 (IST)17 Sep 2020
AP's COVID-19 tally crosses 6 lakh; Recoveries over 5 lakh

Andhra Pradesh on Thursday achieved a double, crossing the six lakh mark in total coronavirus cases and five lakh mark in recoveries. As 8,702 fresh cases were added in 24 hours ending 9 am on Thursday, the states COVID-19 positive tally touched 6,01,462. With 10,712 patients getting cured in the 24-hour period, the total number of those recovered from the pandemic stood at 5,08,088, the latest bulletin said. It said 72 more patients had succumbed to the infection, taking the gross toll to 5,177. The number of active cases declined further to 88,197. The state so far completed 48.84 lakh sample tests for coronavirus and the current positivity rate stood at 12.31 per cent against the national average of 8.45 per cent. The recovery rate improved significantly in the last few days and reached 84.48 per cent, better than the national average of 78.64 per cent, the bulletin said. The mortality rate was 0.86 per cent, against the national average of 1.63 per cent.

18:46 (IST)17 Sep 2020
Aiming to bring down mortality rate to less than 1%: Health minister tells Parliament

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Thursday said the government is aiming to bring down India's COVID-19 mortality rate to less than 1 per cent from the current 1.64 per cent, which is still the lowest in the world. Replying to a debate in Rajya Sabha, he said the country's recovery rate of 78-79 per cent is one of the highest in the world, adding though the total cases may have crossed 50 lakh, active cases are less than 20 per cent. Deaths in India due to coronavirus pandemic are less than many nations in Europe and the government was determined to better the testing rate of the US, he said. Vardhan said there are chances that a vaccine could come in the country early next year but till then it was necessary for people to follow social distancing and wear masks. The minister said that despite the number of cases, the mortality rate in the country remained one of the lowest in the world. He said steps like testing, isolation of infected persons and other steps can be attributed to this lower mortality rate.

13:58 (IST)17 Sep 2020
Amit Shah greets people on Hyderabad Liberation Day

Union Home Minister Amit Shah greeted the people of Telangana, Marathwada and the Hyderabad-Karnataka region on the occasion of the Hyderabad Liberation Day on Thursday. On September 17, 1948, Hyderabad was liberated from the rule of the Nizam and merged with the Indian Union. "Greetings on Hyderabad Liberation Day to the people of Telangana, Marathwada & Hyderabad-Karnataka region. "I salute to all our valiant freedom fighters who fought bravely to liberate the people of the region from cruel and inhuman rule of Nizam & Razakars. #HyderabadMuktiSangram," Shah tweeted

13:09 (IST)17 Sep 2020
GHMC accounts for most cases in Telangana

Telangana reported 2,159 new COVID-19 cases, taking the tally to 1,65,003 while nine more deaths pushed the toll to 1,005, the state government said. Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 318, followed by Rangareddy (176) and Nalgonda (141) districts, a government bulletin said on Thursday, providing data as of 8 pm on September 16. The cumulative recovered cases stood at 1,33,555 while 30,443 were under treatment. As many as 53,094 samples were tested on September 16. Cumulatively, 23,29,316 samples have been tested. The samples tested per million population was 62,740, the bulletin said. The case fatality rate in the state was 0.60 per cent, while it was 1.62 per cent at the national level.

11:37 (IST)17 Sep 2020
Record 97,894 infections pushes India's COVID-19 tally to over 51 lakh

A record single-day increase of 97,894 infections pushed India's COVID-19 tally to over 51 lakh, while the number of people who  have recuperated from the disease crossed 40 lakh on Thursday, according to the Union Health Ministry data. The total coronavirus cases mounted to 51,18,253, while the death toll climbed to 83,198 with the virus claiming 1,132 lives in a span of 24 hours, the data updated at 8 am showed. The total recoveries surged to 40,25,079 while the active cases of COVID-19 crossed 10 lakh for the first time. The COVID-19 case fatality rate due to the coronavirus infection was recorded  at 1.63 per cent. There are 10,09,976  active cases of COVID-19 in the country which comprises 19.73 per cent of the total caseload, the data stated.

10:26 (IST)17 Sep 2020
Andhra HC land deals gag order unprecedented, will go to SC: Jagan govt advisor

Calling the Andhra Pradesh High Court’s gag order as “unprecedented”, Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy, a Cabinet-rank leader who is Advisor to the Andhra Pradesh Government (Public Affairs), Wednesday said the state will challenge it in the Supreme Court shortly. The bench of Chief Justice JK Maheshwari issued an order Tuesday night not to report an FIR filed by the Andhra Pradesh Anti-Corruption Bureau against a former legal officer and others over land purchase in Amaravati.

09:37 (IST)17 Sep 2020
Telangana toll tops 1000

Telangana reported 2,159 new COVID-19 cases and 9 related fatalities, pushing the tally of infections to 1.65 lakh in the state. The toll has risen to 1005.

08:49 (IST)17 Sep 2020
Telangana cop dies as AK-47 goes off during search for Maoists

A 25-year old sub-inspector died when the AK-47 rifle he was carrying went off accidentally during a combing operation for Maoists in Bhadradri-Kothagudem district in Telangana early Wednesday, police said. The Reserve Sub-Inspector slipped in the rough terrain in the hillocks, resulting in the tragedy. He got injured near his eye and died on the spot, the police said. The incident occurred in Chennapuramarea in the district while he along with others were engaged in an anti-Maoists combing operation, police said

07:34 (IST)17 Sep 2020
Telangana assembly session cut-short over COVID-19 concerns

The ongoing Telangana assembly session was cut short and the House adjourned sine die on Wednesday, nearly two weeks ahead of its planned end in view of coronavirus concerns after two MLAs and others tested positive for the pathogen. Observing that two members and some police and Assembly staff, who were on duty, tested positive for the virus, Speaker Pocharam Srinivas Reddy said he felt, after consulting party leaders, that the number of days for the session should be reduced. The Speaker suggested concluding the session, which began on September 7, as per the sense of the House and adjourned it sine die with its consent. The assembly passed 12 bills, including a crucial revenue bill, during the session, he said.

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.