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Andhra Pradesh, Telangana Coronavirus highlights: Andhra reports more than 7,000 cases in a day, tally nears 90k

The Centre on Friday advised nine states including the southern state to ramp up testing with special focus on containment zones.

By: Express Web Desk | Hyderabad, New Delhi | Updated: July 27, 2020 9:14:35 am
People wait in queue to give their nasal swab samples for COVID-19 test at Government Fever Hospital in Hyderabad, India, Thursday, July 23, 2020. (AP Photo)

Andhra Pradesh added 7,813 fresh cases in a day, taking the overall tally to 88,671 on Saturday. Another 52 COVID-19 patients succumbed while 3,208 were discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours, the latest bulletin said. While East Godavari continued the alarming trend by registering 1,324 resh cases in the last 24 hours, its neighbour West Godavari reported 1,012 cases.

Meanwhile, cases continued to rise sharply in Telangana on Friday, with 1,640 new cases and eight deaths being reported, taking the tally of positive cases in the state to 52,466 and deaths to 455. Till now, 40,334 or 76.8% of poeple have recoverd so far while 11,677 are currently under treatment, a state bulletin said. State Director of Public Health G Srinivasa Rao said that the novel coronavirus has entered the community in Telangana and that public should take all precautions.

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The Centre on Friday advised nine states including Assam, Bihar, Telangana and Odisha to ramp up testing with special focus on containment zones, strictly implement containment plan, augment health infrastructure and ensure effective clinical management of cases. A high-level virtual review meeting was chaired by Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba with the chief secretaries and health secretaries of these states that are driving the present spurt of the active caseload in the country. The other states that participated in the virtual conference were Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Karnataka, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh.

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Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad Coronavirus highlights: COVID-19 cases in Andhra continue to surge, near 90,000-mark

23:35 (IST)26 Jul 2020
Hyderabad mayor contracts Covid-19, says will donate plasma

The Mayor of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), Bonthu Rammohan, Sunday said he had tested positive for the novel coronavirus, and was under self-isolation. He said he has no symptoms.

The Mayor and his family members undertook rapid antigen tests the previous day, and all his family members have tested negative.

In a home video shared with the media, the Mayor appealed to people to stay safe and take all necessary precautions. He asked all those who have been infected with the virus to “stay strong mentally” to come out of it. READ MORE

13:37 (IST)26 Jul 2020
India coronavirus numbers explained: States can’t deny community transmission anymore

A few days ago, Telangana, which has seen a rapid rise in its number of cases in recent weeks, also hinted at the same, though it too was guarded in its statement. Meanwhile, Andhra Pradesh reported more than 7,800 new infections, slightly lower than the 8,000-peak that it had crossed a day earlier. With a total of 88,671 cases now, it is closing in on Karnataka’s total caseload, which is barely two thousand higher. Karnataka had another day of 5,000-plus cases.

In fact, apart from Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, two of the fastest-growing states in the country right now, Bihar, West Bengal, Assam and Odisha are the other states to watch out for. West Bengal already has over 56,000 cases, while the others have been 25,000 and 35,000, and all of them are growing at a fast pace. Read more here

11:49 (IST)26 Jul 2020
101-year-old recover from COVID-19, discharged

A 101-year-old woman, P Mangamma from Tirupati, has successfully fought the battle against COVID-19 and is discharged from the Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences - Sri Padmavathi Mahila Medical College State Covid-19 hospital post-treatment. The hospital authorities have attributed her recovery to her mental strength. Speaking to, Dr R Ram said that Mangamma was mildly symptomatic at the time of admission into the hospital on July 14 and that all her family members had tested negative for viral infection. She was admitted into the general isolation ward for COVID care at the hospital.

"When we came to know about her age, we assigned one healthcare worker to attend to all her needs. Manjula's, the assigned worker, responsibility was to observe Mangamma, another visually disabled patient, and a 9-year-old patient. Mangamma has been extremely cooperative and never complained about anything," added the superintendent.

She did not have any comorbidities though she was frail and wheel-chair bound. Asked about her mental condition, doctors at the hospital said when the phone number of the family turned out to be wrong at the time of her discharge, Mangamma herself explained her address to the authorities. She directed the ambulance driver to her house at Yerramitta in Tirupati. "Yes, she knew she had contracted coronavirus. I don't know if she knew the gravity of the disease but I am sure she has fully recovered because of her strong will," the hospital superintendent added.

Mangamma's case is an ideal example and inspiration to all those who fear contracting coronavirus is the end of the world and death is inevitable, said Dr Ram.

09:26 (IST)26 Jul 2020
Equipment for cleaning work to be used in COVID-19 hospitals

Telangana Health Minister E Rajender on Saturday said the government would use modern equipment to carry out cleaning work in COVID-19 hospitals. There is a severe shortage of sanitary workers as many of them are scared of the virus-spread, an official press release said.

Equipment, now available for cleaning floors, walls and bathrooms, would be purchased and given to the hospitals, he said. One machine can do the work of 10 people, it said. Special machines to transfer patients' waste would also be purchased. Hotpack equipment, used in aeroplanes, would be utilised to serve hot food to the patients, the release added. Meanwhile, the Director of Public Health said the daily COVID-19 bulletin is not being issued on Saturdays and that it would be released in a new format on Sundays. --PTI

21:59 (IST)25 Jul 2020
Bandh called by Maoists in Telangana incident-free: Police

The bandh, called by Maoists in Telangana on Saturday to reportedly seek the release of poet Varavara Rao and others from jail, was incident-free, a police official said. Maoists have also sought withdrawal of Greyhounds, an elite commando force of the state police, from the forest areas, he said. "No impact. No incidents so far," the official added. The bandh was to reportedly demand the release of Rao, accused in the Elgar Parishad case, and the others. Rao, undergoing treatment for COVID-19 in Mumbai since July 16, has been behind bars for about 22 months. He has approached the special NIA (National Investigation Agency) court seeking bail on medical grounds. (PTI)

19:35 (IST)25 Jul 2020
Upward spiral of cases continue in Andhra Pradesh

The upward spiral of coronavirus cases continued in Andhra Pradesh as another 7,813 were added in a day to take the overall tally to 88,671 on Saturday. Another 52 COVID-19 patients succumbed while 3,208 were discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours, the latest bulletin said. The total number of COVID-19 patients discharged so far touched 43,255 and the gross toll 985. The state now has 44,431 active cases, according to the bulletin. While East Godavari continued the alarming trend by registering 1,324 resh cases in the last 24 hours, its neighbour West Godavari reported 1,012 cases. (PTI)

17:42 (IST)25 Jul 2020
Lab technician dies of COVID-19 in Hyderabad

A lab technician with a state-run hospital died of COVID-19 on Saturday in Hyderabad, an official said. The 59-year-old lab technician, who tested positive for the virus about a fortnight ago, was in home quarantine for a few days, he said. He was admitted to the hospital after developing health issues. He was then shifted to another government hospital for better care and the end came in the early hours of the day, the official said. The lab technician was also put on ventilator support as part of the treatment, he added. Earlier, two private doctors, who were not involved in treating COVID-19 patients, succumbed to the virus in Telangana. (PTI)

15:25 (IST)25 Jul 2020
India coronavirus numbers explained: Did Andhra squander early advantages?

In the last one week, Andhra Pradesh has contributed more number of novel Coronavirus cases than any other state in India, except Maharashtra. The state has added more than 40,000 new patients during this time, which is half of its entire caseload of about 81,000.

The explosion of infections in Andhra Pradesh is rather curious. The state was always one of the front-runners in testing, and that means it would have been possible to identify and isolate the infected patients quite early on. In fact, till the end of last month, the state seemed to have a reasonable control over the epidemic. It had tested as many as 8.9 lakh samples by that time, more than every state except Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra, and found 14,595 positive cases. That meant a positivity rate of just 1.6 per cent, one of the lowest in the country at the time.

In the next 24 days of this month, however, the positivity rate has jumped to 10.17 per cent. Just over 6.5 lakh additional tests have been carried out during this period, and 66,263 positive cases were discovered.

13:53 (IST)25 Jul 2020
Varavara Rao's family approaches NHRC

Family members of poet Varavara Rao, accused in the Elgar Parishad case, have moved the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) seeking a direction to a Mumbai hospital, where he is being treated for COVID-19, and prison authorities to provide "transparent" updates on his health status.

"Today, we are compelled to write this letter to you, as we are denied any information about his condition or his treatment at the Nanavati Hospital. From the time he was shifted out of Taloja Jail to St Georges hospital to Nanavati hospital, the only official information provided to the family was that he had tested positive for the COVID-19, they said.(PTI)

11:10 (IST)25 Jul 2020
Telangana HC directs enquiry into overcharging of COVID-19 patient; Pvt hospital releases body

The Telangana High Court on Friday directed the state health officials to conduct an enquiry into alleged overcharging by a private hospital here for treating a COVID-19 patient, who died two days ago, as it expressed displeasure about such high charges. Justice Vinod Kumar passed the order on a petition by the victim's wife, a daily wage labourer, who had also submitted that the hospital refused to hand over the body citing pending dues of Rs 6.41 lakh toward treatment charges.

The woman's 49-year-old husband, who worked as a watchman, was admitted to the hospital on July 13 with high fever and respiratory problems, later tested positive for COVID-19 and and died on July 22.(PTI)

09:30 (IST)25 Jul 2020
Telangana: Over 15,000 samples tested on Friday

As the Telangana government ramps up testing, it collected 15,445 test samples on Friday. Till now, 3,37,771 people have been tested in the state. The state Bulletin notified the tests per million population were 8,444 while the cumulative sample positivity rate was 15.5%. The sample positivity rate has been on the decline since the last several days.

09:20 (IST)25 Jul 2020
1,640 new covid cases, 8 deaths in Telangana

COVID-19 cases continued to rise sharply in Telangana on Friday, with 1,640 new cases and 8 deaths being, taking the tally of positive cases in the state to 52,466 and deaths to 455.Out of the fresh cases, 683 were reported from the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), followed by Ranga Reddy and Sangareddy districts with 135 and 102 cases respectively.Till now, 40,334 or 76.8% of poeple have recoverd so far while 11,677 are currently under treatment, a state bulletin said.(With PTI inputs)

08:45 (IST)25 Jul 2020
Cyberabad police aids civil society to start online portal to connect plasma donors with Covid patients

The Society for Cyberabad Security Council (SCSC) with support from the Cyberabad police Friday launched an online platform to connect plasma donors with those in need. The new portal aims to ensure all the plasma donors are registered and a database is maintained. A request for plasma will be notified to all registered donors enabling them to connect to the patient’s kin.

In absence of a conclusive treatment for Covid-19, plasma therapy is being considered a promising alternative. In Hyderabad, one could now use the link and contact 9000257058, 9490617440.

Hyderabad: Medics screen people for COVID-19 diagnosis, at a government hospital in Hyderabad, Friday, July 10, 2020. (PTI Photo)

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy said the government would be spending Rs 1,000 crores in the next six months towards medical facilities for COVID-19 patients and as of now, the state is incurring an expenditure of Rs 6.5 core per day towards maintenance, medicine, tests, and other amenities. During a review meeting on COVID 19 remedial steps on Friday, the Chief Minister said that the number of dedicated COVID hospitals are being increased and Rs 1,000 crores would be spent in the next six months for developing the infrastructure, medication and high-end facilities in these hospitals.

The coronavirus has entered the community in Telangana and the public should take all precautions against the pathogen as the coming weeks will be crucial, a senior health department official told PTI. "Early identification and treatment of COVID-19 are two things we should be doing because this virus has entered the community.. it is not visible how it is (spreading) and where it is," State Director of Public Health G Srinivasa Rao said. However, he said people need not panic and appealed to the them to take precautions like wearing a mask before stepping out, maintaining physical distance and hand-washing as the next four-five weeks would be crucial for the state.