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Telangana, AP Coronavirus July 4 HIGHLIGHTS: Eight deaths each in AP, Telangana in last 24 hours

Ten more staffers in the Andhra Pradesh Secretariat tested positive for coronavirus, taking the total number of those affected there to 25. An addition of 657 fresh cases pushed the Covid-19 tally in Andhra Pradesh to 15,252.

By: Express Web Desk | Hyderabad | Updated: July 5, 2020 8:20:00 am
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The number of coronavirus cases continue to rise in Telangana as the state ramps up testing. Along with Andhra Pradesh, Telangana has big caseload and also high growth rate. Both states have also moved into the top ten list of states with highest caseloads in the country. But compared to states like Maharashtra, Delhi, and Tamil Nadu, the daily contribution of new infections is still low, in the range of 1,200 to 1,500.

First time in 66 years, Hyderabad’s famed Khairatabad Ganesh idol will not be taller than the previous year’s idol, which was a record 66-feet in height. The organisers of the Ganesh Chaturthi festivities have proposed to scale down the height to 27 feet and will do away with gathering of devotees in view of the coronavirus pandemic. Telangana has so far recorded 17,357 coronavirus cases, including 267 deaths.

Meanwhile, ten more staffers in the Andhra Pradesh Secretariat tested positive for coronavirus, taking the total number of those affected there to 25. An addition of 657 fresh cases pushed the Covid-19 tally in Andhra Pradesh to 15,252, according to the latest bulletin.

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Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad Coronavirus (Covid-19), Lockdown Latest News Live Update: Both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh are among the top 10 states in the country with maximum caseload

21:13 (IST)04 Jul 2020
Over 6,000 patients in home isolation in Telangana, govt to ramp up testing

Around 6,552 persons are presently being treated under home quarantine in Telangana and the state government is ramping up testing and thefacilities to deal with the pandemic, a senior Health official said on Saturday, PTI reported.

"After Delhi, the highest number of positive cases in home isolation are in Telangana. While 12,000 cases have been kept in home isolation for the last one month, at present 6,552 cases are in home isolation," state Director of Public Health G Srinivasa Rao told reporters in Hyderabad.

People under home isolation are provided guidance through tele-medicine, video-counselling. In case of emergenices, patients are being shifted to hospitals, he said.

18:39 (IST)04 Jul 2020
Over 700 new infections in Andhra Pradesh, 12 deaths

Andhra Pradesh Saturday reported 766 new Covid-19 cases taking the tally in the state to 17,669, the state government said, PTI reported. The state also saw 12 coronavirus-related deaths, taking the toll to 218. The 12 deaths were the highest in a day in the state so far.

The day saw 311 discharges taking the number of recoveries to 8,008, the daily state bulletin said. According to the latest bulletin, Kurnool and Srikakulam reported three coronavirus deaths each, Visakhapatnam and Chittoor two each and Kadapa and Vizianagaram one each.

Anantapuramu became the second district in AP to register over 2,000 COVID-19 positive cases with a total of 2,099.

14:26 (IST)04 Jul 2020
COVID-19 spread in AP at 'manageable' level now: Govt

Coronavirus cases may have shot up by a whopping 14,000 in just over a month in Andhra Pradesh, but the state government said the pandemic spread is at a "manageable" level right now. 'R naught', which indicates the scale of transmission of an infection in AP is now 1.2 to 1.3, indicating that the "numbers are under control."

"It becomes uncontrollable if R naught crosses 2," Special Chief Secretary (Health), K S Jawahar Reddy said. About 60-70 per cent of the Covid-19 positive cases being reported now were asymptomatic, he pointed out. The spurt in cases since June 1 was attributed to the "opening up" post-lockdown. "There has been movement of people, from other states as well as abroad. That has led to the escalation of cases," the Special Chief Secretary said.

The state government has now tied up with UNICEF to launch the Risk Communication and Community Engagement programme to reach out to about 1.3 crore households across AP and check the infection. This was intended to inculcate "Covid-appropriate behaviour" among people. (PTI)

12:08 (IST)04 Jul 2020
Telangana, Andhra among four states growing faster than national average

For the last few days, India’s novel Coronavirus numbers are being powered mainly by the surge in the four southern states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. All the four are now in the top ten list of states with maximum caseload in the country, and at the moment these the only four in the top ten where the Coronavirus cases are growing at a rate faster than the national growth rate.

Karnataka and Telangana, the fastest growing states, have added more than eight thousand each. Andhra Pradesh has joined the race only in the last couple of days, and has detected about 5,500 cases in the last one week. Read more

10:59 (IST)04 Jul 2020
Eight deaths, 1,892 new COVID-19 cases in Telangana

Telangana reported eight more COVID-19 deaths on Friday, taking their number to 283 as 1,892 fresh cases of the infection, the highest single-day spike so far in the state, pushed the tally to 20,462. Out of the 1,892 fresh cases, 1,658 were reported from the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) area, the epicentre of the virus spread in the state, followed by Ranga Reddy district, neighbouring Hyderabad, with 56 cases.

A bulletin issued late Friday night said 10,195 people have been discharged so far, while 9,984 patients were under treatment. According to the bulletin, 5,965 samples were tested on Friday. Cumulatively, 1,04,118 samples have been tested. It said one of the private laboratories has reported an extremely high sample positivity rate.

The facility has reported 2,672 positive cases against 3,726 samples tested, the bulletin said. The positivity rate is at 71.7 per cent, which is a gross variation and discrepancy in the notified positivity rate of COVID-19 till date, it said. The issue needs to be evaluated by an expert committee and, until then, the data of the said lab has been kept under abeyance, the bulletin added. (PTI)

01:28 (IST)04 Jul 2020
5,965 samples tested in Telangana

1892 (1658 in greater Hyderabad) tested positive for Covid-19 in Telangana out of the 5965 samples tested today. Active cases rise to 9984. 8 deaths take the total toll to 283.

20:20 (IST)03 Jul 2020
Telangana home minister recovers from Covid-19, discharged

Telangana home minister Mohammed Mahmood Ali along with his son and grandson was discharged from the hospital on Friday. Mahmood Ali had tested positive for the virus last week and was rusehd to a hospital on Sunday night with symptoms of fever, breathlessness, cough and cold. Earlier, four of his gunmen had too contracted the coronavirus.

18:52 (IST)03 Jul 2020
Andhra Pradesh records over 800 infections, toll crosses 200-mark

About 837 fresh coronavirus cases were reported in Andhra Pradesh in the last 24 horus, taking the cumulative total to 16,934 on Friday. The state bulletin said a record 38,898 samples were tested in the last 24 hours of which 837 turned out to be positive. At least eight persons died due to the virus in a day - toll now stands at 206. In the last 24 hours, 258 Covid-19 patients were also discharged from hospitals upon recovery.

Kurnool accounted for four fresh deaths in the last 24 hours, while Chittoor recorded two and Krishna and East Godavari one each, the bulletin said.

12:27 (IST)03 Jul 2020
Telangana reports 1,23 cases; 845 new cases in Andhra

Five of the top ten states with maximum caseloads — Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh — reported their highest single day figures on Thursday, as the number of new infections went past the 20,000 mark for the first time in the country. Telangana reported 1,213 cases, while 845 new cases were found in Andhra Pradesh. Read more

10:22 (IST)03 Jul 2020
10 more staffers test positive in AP secretariat

Ten more staffers in the Andhra Pradesh Secretariat tested positive for coronavirus, taking the total number of those affected there to 25. An addition of 657 fresh cases pushed the Covid-19 tally in Andhra Pradesh to 15,252, according to the latest bulletin.

07:58 (IST)03 Jul 2020
Cured of virus, 35 wait at Hyderabad hospital as kin don’t want them back

A 58-year-old woman from Khairatabad in Hyderabad, who had tested positive for Covid-19 on June 14, was discharged from Gandhi Hospital on Tuesday after recovery. She waited for four hours, but her family members did not turn up to take her home. Eventually, hospital authorities readmitted her and put her into an isolation ward.

“When I called the family members, one person raised doubts whether she is really cured. When I informed that she had tested negative, he said she may not have fully recovered and disconnected the phone. They have not answered calls since then. We have re-admitted her,’’ said Dr Prabhakar Reddy, nodal officer for Covid-19 at Gandhi Hospital.

The woman, Dr Reddy said, is not the only such case.

“There are 35 such patients at Gandhi Hospital. When a person recovers and is ready for discharge, we inform the family. In some instances, the family members say there are small children at home who will be at risk, so they cannot allow the person to return home. They ask us to keep them at the hospital for a few more days. The most common excuse is not wanting to put small children at home at risk. Some people say their flat or house is too small with a single bathroom and they cannot keep the recovered person in isolation for a few days as advised,’’ Dr Reddy said. Read more

07:22 (IST)03 Jul 2020
Can’t abdicate responsibility to protect citizens, says Telangana HC

WIth the number of Covid-19 cases continuing to rise in Telangana, the High Court on Wednesday criticised the government for “behaving in a manner that is violating the right to live”. The court said it is the duty of the state to protect the lives of citizens. By not declaring the required information regarding the spread of Covid-19, including information on where containment zones are, the state is endangering the lives of citizens, it said.

“You cannot abdicate your responsibility to protect your citizens. Why are you not conducting the required number of tests? Why are you not disseminating information daily in your bulletins about containment zones, and more information about spread of the virus?” Chief Justice Raghavendra Singh Chauhan said.

Facing flak from the HC and others, the Telangana government had promised to increase the number tests to over 5,000 per day, but it has restricted them to less than 4,000 so far. Read more

07:06 (IST)03 Jul 2020
Telangana HC not satisfied with govt report on COVID-19; seeks more details

The Telangana High Court has expressed dissatisfaction over a report filed by the state government on COVID-19 tests being conducted in the state. The court hearing a batch of PILs on Wednesday also sought to know why detailed information with regard to coronavirus cases being put out by the government was not being made available to the public.

Expressing displeasure over details filed by the Telangana Public Health director, a division bench, comprising Chief Justice Raghvendra Singh Chauhan and Justice B Vijaysen Reddy, directed the state government to file a detailed report on the present COVID-19 situation in the state by July 17. The bench also said it would summon the chief secretary and other senior officials concerned to appear before it personally if the report is not received. Read more

06:52 (IST)03 Jul 2020
Smaller size, no procession, devotees to have darshan online: This year's Khairatabad Ganesh to be different

As cases of novel coronavirus infection soar in Telangana, this year's Khairatabad Ganesh will have different rules and regulations. It has been decided that no devotees from other areas would be allowed for a personal visit during the 10-day festivities. They can, however, book for ‘puja’ online and have ‘darshan’ from their homes. 

The idol immersion on the 11th day, which usually witnesses a procession involving lakhs of people moving towards the Hussainsagar lake, will also be a low-key affair. There won’t be a procession this time. The idol will be dissolved on the spot.

Speaking to indianexpress.com, Singari Sudarshan Mudiraj, chairman of the Khairatabad Ganesh Utsav Samithi, said that the theme for the year’s Ganesh idol will revolve around COVID-19 and all ‘puja’ prayers will be focussed on the revival of the world from the pandemic.

Meanwhile, for the first time in 66 years, Hyderabad’s famed Khairatabad Ganesh idol will not be taller than the previous year’s idol, which was a record 66-feet in height. The organisers have decided to install a 27-feet-tall clay idol, instead of the one made using plaster of paris. Read more

06:43 (IST)03 Jul 2020

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With over 17,000 infections, Telangana is one of the fastest-growing states in the country. Telangana is currently growing at more than 7 per cent, the highest in the country apart from Assam and Karnataka. But compared to states like Maharashtra, Delhi, and Tamil Nadu, the daily contribution of new infections is still low, in the range of 1,200 to 1,500.

WIth the number of Covid-19 cases continuing to rise in Telangana, the High Court on Wednesday criticised the government for “behaving in a manner that is violating the right to live”.

The court said it is the duty of the state to protect the lives of citizens. By not declaring the required information regarding the spread of Covid-19, including information on where containment zones are, the state is endangering the lives of citizens, it said.

“You cannot abdicate your responsibility to protect your citizens. Why are you not conducting the required number of tests? Why are you not disseminating information daily in your bulletins about containment zones, and more information about spread of the virus?” Chief Justice Raghavendra Singh Chauhan said.

Ushering in reforms in the state’s healthcare system, the Andhra Pradesh government has decided to revamp its ambulance and first responders’ services by inducting 1,088 vehicles of three types.

Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy flagged off 412 new ambulances including 105 vehicles that are equipped with Advanced Life Support, 282 vehicles with Basic Life Support equipment and 26 neo-natal ambulances. 676 old vehicles have been refurbished, refitted and converted into Mobile Medical Units.