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Telangana, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh Coronavirus Live Updates: AP’s Covid tally breaches 7 lakh mark, 41 more deaths

Telangana, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh Coronavirus News Live Updates: Telangana recorded 2,214 new COVID-19 cases, taking the total number of infections to 1,93,600, while the death toll rose to 1,135 with eight more fatalities.

By: Express Web Desk | Hyderabad, New Delhi | Updated: October 1, 2020 7:31:11 pm
A health worker writes a report after collecting nasal swab samples to test for COVID-19 in Hyderabad (AP)

Telangana, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh Coronavirus Live Updates: Andhra Pradesh Thursday crossed seven lakh coronavirus cases though the spread of the pandemic has been declining over the past few days, PTI reported. It took 14 days for the state to add one lakh cases from six to seven whereas the previous four lakhs came in a 10-day span each.

Telangana recorded 2,214 new COVID-19 cases, taking the total number of infections to 1,93,600, while the death toll rose to 1,135 with eight more fatalities. The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) recorded 305 fresh cases, followed by Rangareddy (191), Medchal Malkajgiri (153), Nalgonda (149), Warangal Urban (131), Karimnagar (106) and other districts, a state government bulletin said, while providing data as of 8 pm on September 30.

Ahead of the elections to the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), which is expected after February 2021, the Telangana State Election Commission(SEC) is exploring the option of e-voting. If things work out according to the plan, it would be for the first time that such a mode of voting will be used in the country. The SEC has also decided to use Face Recognition Technology(FRT) at one polling booth each in all 150 divisions of the GHMC.

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While Telangana has over 1.93 lakh cases, Andhra Pradesh infection tally is close to 6.95 lakh. The toll in Telangana stands at 1135, while 5828 people have succumbed to the virus in Andhra. Follow LIVE updates

19:23 (IST)01 Oct 2020
AP's COVID-19 tally breaches 7 lakh mark, 41 more deaths

Andhra Pradesh on Thursday crossed another grim milestone of seven lakh coronavirus cases though the spread of the pandemic has been on a declining trend over the past few days. It took 14 days for the state to add one lakh cases from six to seven whereas the previous four lakhs came in a 10-day span each. The state's Covid-19 tally crossed six lakh on September 17. The state's COVID-19 aggregate now reached 7,00,235 after 6,751 new cases were added in 24 hours ending 9 am on Thursday. (PTI)

14:17 (IST)01 Oct 2020
Telangana adds 2,214 new COVID-19 cases; eight deaths push toll to 1,135

Telangana recorded 2,214 new COVID-19 cases, taking the tally of infections to 1,93,600, while the death toll rose to 1,135 with eight more fatalities. The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) recorded 305 fresh cases, followed by Rangareddy (191), Medchal Malkajgiri (153), Nalgonda (149), Warangal Urban (131), Karimnagar (106) and other districts, a state government bulletin said on Thursday, providing data as of 8 pm on September 30. The bulletin said 54,443 samples were tested on September 30. Cumulatively, the number of samples tested moved past 30 lakh and stood at 30,50,444. The samples tested per million population was 81,957, the bulletin said.

13:21 (IST)01 Oct 2020
Telangana looks at e-voting for civic polls, will be first in country

Ahead of the elections to the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), which is expected before February 2021, the Telangana State Election Commission(SEC) is exploring the option of e-voting. If things work out according to the plan, it would be for the first time that such a mode of voting will be used in the country.

The SEC has also decided to use Face Recognition Technology(FRT) at one polling booth each in all 150 divisions of the GHMC.

State Election Commissioner C Partha Sarathi confirmed to indianexpress.com that the commission was considering e-voting using blockchain technology as an option for those who cannot visit polling stations, particularly in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic situation. “There could be senior citizens who would not be willing to step out to cast their vote owing to the pandemic. Then, we are thinking of disabled persons, too. Also, for scores of poll personnel, we can have online voting instead of postal ballot. We wanted to pilot it and the IT department has shown a lot of interest,” he said.

11:37 (IST)01 Oct 2020
AP govt posts Anil Kumar Singhal as Principal Health Secretary

The Andhra Pradesh government on Wednesday transferred the Executive Officer of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams, which manages several temples including the cash-rich hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara, Anil Kumar Singhal, and posted him as the Principal Secretary, Health and Family Welfare. The 1993 batch IAS officer had been serving as TTD EO since May 2017. Last week, he was empanelled as Additional Secretary in the Union Government. Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy is keen that Singhal render his services to the state rather than going back to the Centre, official sources said. He has been given the crucial charge of the Health Department as the battle on the dreaded coronavirus is continuing.

10:32 (IST)01 Oct 2020
Water row: Telangana says it will give strong reply to Andhra

The Telangana government on Wednesday said it has decided to give a befitting reply to the arguments of neighbouring Andhra Pradesh at the apex council meeting on inter-state water issues convened by the Centre on October 6. The Telangana government, in a statement, said it would also expose the delay of seven years allegedly caused by the Centre on water issues. Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao convened a meeting on Thursday with officials of the Water Resources Department to discuss the strategy to be adopted at the apex council meet. Rao asked the officials to come to the meeting with all data and information on the issues to be placed before the Central government, the statement said.

09:26 (IST)01 Oct 2020
Hindu Munnani founder Ramagopalan passes away

Hindu Munnani founder convenor Ramagopalan, known for popularising Ganesh Chaturthi puja and immersion festival in Tamil Nadu, died in Chennai on Wednesday after testing positive for COVID-19, the organisation said. Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Chief Minister K Palaniswami and DMK President M K Stalin, among others, condoled his death. Telangana Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan, BJP's state general secretary Vanathi Srinivasan who hailed him as "the flame of Hindu unity," AMMK founder T T V Dhinakaran and PMK founder Dr S Ramadoss also condoled Ramagopalan's death

Health workers take rest while waiting to collect nasal swab samples to test for COVID-19 in Hyderabad (AP)

Telangana continues to report over 2000 cases. On Wednesday, the state reported 2103 new cases, taking the tally to 1.91 lakh. With 11 deaths in the last 24 hours, the toll in the state now stands at 1127. Dr Srinivas Rao, the director of Public Health and Family Welfare said the worst of the pandemic might be over in the state.

A multi-pronged strategy to contain the spread of the virus in the last two months appeared to have worked well, except in three or four districts, leading to a gradual decline of the number of positive cases of the novel coronavirus in the State, he said.

Andhra Pradesh's COVID-19 tally increased to 6,87,351 as 6,190 more cases were added on Monday, while 35 deaths took the fatalities to 5,780. The total recoveries also rose to 6,22,136 as 9,836 patients got cured in the last 24 hours. For the first time in weeks, all 13 districts in the state on Tuesday reported fresh cases in numbers below 1,000. The overall infection positivity rate dropped below the 12 per cent mark for the first time in over two months, standing at 11.99 per cent on Tuesday after a gross 57.34 lakh samples were tested so far.