scorecardresearch
Follow Us:
Monday, September 21, 2020

Telangana, Andhra Coronavirus Highlights: With testing ramped up, Telangana reports 2795 new cases, 8 deaths

Telangana has 1,14,183 cases and 788 deaths. Andhra Pradesh has 3,82,469 infections, while the toll stands at 3,541

By: Express Web Desk | Hyderabad, New Delhi | Updated: August 28, 2020 11:03:32 am
A health worker takes a nasal swab sample to test for COVID-19 in Hyderabad (AP)

As Telangana ramps up testing, the number of daily positive cases has tripled from a week ago. The state recorded 2,795 cases, taking the tally of infections to 1,14,183. The fatalities in Telangana, however, remain low. With 8 new deaths, the casualties now stand at 788.

Read Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad Coronavirus Live Updates

The state has increased testing in the past few days amidst criticism that it was checking less than 10,000 samples per day despite numbers increasing in all 33 districts. On Tuesday, the government also announced that it was converting Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Hospital at Warangal into an exclusive Covid-19 treatment centre — only the second such in the state after Gandhi Hospital in Hyderabad.

In Andhra Pradesh, meanwhile, a new record high of 10,830 fresh cases of COVID-19 were reported in a day, as the states aggregate tally shot up to 3,82,469 on Wednesday. Results from 61,838 sample tests in 24 hours ending 9 am on Wednesday turned out the record number of positives in a single day so far, surpassing the 10,820 reported on August 9. After a cumulative 34,18,690 tests, the infection positivity rate in the state mounted to 11.19 per cent as against the national average of 8.59 per cent, according to the latest government bulletin.

Live Blog

Telangana has 1,14,183 cases and 788 deaths. Andhra Pradesh has 3,82,469 infections, while the toll stands at 3,541.

00:35 (IST)28 Aug 2020
Cabinet Secretary reviews 10 states/UT with high COVID-19 fatality rate

The Centre on Thursday reviewed the COVID-19 management and response strategy in nine states and one UT which contributed to 89 per cent of deaths due to the infection in the last two weeks, an official statement said.

In a review meeting by Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba, these states and the union territory were asked to continue with rigorous vigil so as to contain the spread of infection as well as take steps to reduce fatalities.

Gauba held a video conference with the chief secretaries and health secretaries of Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Telangana, Gujarat, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Andhra Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir, health ministry said in the statement. The states and the UT were advised to proactively take steps towards reducing case fatality to less than one per cent across all districts focusing on effective containment, contact tracing and surveillance.

00:11 (IST)28 Aug 2020
States lost 60-70 per cent tax revenue in GST regime-Telangana

States have lost 60-70 per cent of their tax revenues after joining the GST regime while the Centres loss was pegged at 31 per cent only, Telangana Finance Minister Harish Rao who participated in the GST Council meeting said on Thursday.

According to an official release, Telangana demanded that the Group of Ministers headed by the Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi on the Integrated GST to finalise the modalities and release Telanganas due share of Rs 2700 crore towards IGST.

21:47 (IST)27 Aug 2020
4 prisoners undergoing COVID-19 treatment in govt hospital in Telangana missing

Four prisoners undergoing treatment for COVID-19have gone missing from the prison ward of the state-run Gandhi Hospital here early Thursday. The four prisoners---two undertrials and two convicts-- from the city-based Cherlapally Central Prison, were admitted to the hospital over the past 15 days, after they tested positive for coronavirus, police said.

All the four are missing from the prison ward of the hospital. They are suspected to be within the hospital premises. "Searches are underway in different floors of the hospital... They bent the iron rods ofwashroom windowand climbed down using bedsheets at around 2 am.. We are checking the wards and also trying to find out if they jumped over from the compound of the hospital," a senior police official said.

18:17 (IST)27 Aug 2020
Andhra Pradesh adds 10,621 more coronavirus cases

Andhra Pradesh adds 10,621 more coronavirus cases, pushing overall tally closer to four-lakh mark. Toll rises to 3,633 with 92 fresh deaths: Government bulletin.

14:02 (IST)27 Aug 2020
Apparent resurgence in Telangana

The number of new infections of novel Coronavirus jumped to more than 75,000 on Wednesday, the highest that any country has ever recorded on a single day since the start of the outbreak. The big jump came after more than three weeks of relative stagnation during which the number of new infections remained between 60,000 and 70,000, the longest that it has spent in any such range. It was powered by the highest single-day rise in Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. A resurgence seems to be happening in Delhi, Kerala, Telangana as well.

13:21 (IST)27 Aug 2020
Eight deaths reported in 24 hours in Telangana

Telangana reported 2,795 new COVID-19 cases, pushing the state's overall tallyof positive infections to 1,14,483. The death toll rose to 788 with eight more fatalities, a state government bulletin said on Thursday, providing data as of 8 pm on August 26. Out of the 2,795 fresh cases, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) recorded 449, followed by Rangareddy (268), Nalgonda (164), Khammam (152), Karimnagar (136), Warangal Urban (132), Medchal Malkajgiri (113), Siddipet (113) and Nizamabad (112) districts. All 33 districts in the state reported positive cases in double digits.

12:48 (IST)27 Aug 2020
Industrial safety audit on in Telangana; 75 units issued notice for deviations

Notices have been issued after deviations were found in 75 industrial units so far during the ongoing safety audit of all units categorised as 'red' and 'orange' in Telangana, the state government said on Wednesday. The audit aimed ensuring the industries adhere to safety protocols besides avoiding untoward incidents had been ordered by IT and Industries Minister K TRamaRao on August 10 in the wake of a few recent industrial accidents, including a gas leak in Visakhapatnam in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh. So far, 2,420 units had been inspected out of 5,940 hazardous/red/orange categories of industries, an official release said here.

11:50 (IST)27 Aug 2020
Telangana to hand over 85k Dignity Houses to beneficiaries in Hyderabad by December

The Telangana Government said on Wednesday that it would hand over 85,000 'Dignity Houses' to the beneficiaries in Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation area by December 2020. Minister for Municipal Administration and urban Development K T Rama Rao, who held a review meeting, claimed that no metro city in the country has constructed such a large number of dignity houses under any program. During the meeting, the Minister instructed the officials to finalise the beneficiaries list by mid-September and visit the Dignity housing sites and inspect the construction works, an official release said. The government has allocated Rs 9,700 crore for the construction of these houses, it said, adding the aim is to construct one lakh houses, with about 4000 each in 24 constituencies of GHMC.

10:36 (IST)27 Aug 2020
IIT Hyderabad, start-up launch ‘most affordable respirator mask’

The Centre for Healthcare Entrepreneurship (CfHE) at IIT-Hyderabad has launched what its developers call is the “world’s most affordable respirator mask”, which is “highly durable and adheres to the highest safety standards”.

Developed and commercialised by USafe Healthcare, the CfHE’s latest entrepreneurial entity, the mask — called US9 — will cost Rs 13 per day and has “98.03% PM0.3 filtration rate and 99.7% bacterial filtration rate (better than N95 standards)”, the company stated in a media release on Tuesday. Telangana Principal Secretary Jayesh Ranjan, who launched the mask, said, “The innovation of reusability in US9 respirator mask not only reduces the recurring cost but also drastically decreases biowaste generated due to protective masks. I congratulate the entrepreneurs backing this product.”

09:26 (IST)27 Aug 2020
Testing ramped up, Telangana cases triple, death toll low

As Telangana ramps up its testing, the number of daily positive cases has tripled from a week ago. The state has increased testing in the past few days amidst criticism that it was checking less than 10,000 samples per day despite numbers increasing in all its 33 districts. On Tuesday, the government also announced that it was converting Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Hospital at Warangal into an exclusive Covid-19 treatment centre — only the second such in the state after Gandhi Hospital in Hyderabad.

07:20 (IST)27 Aug 2020
Telangana CM seeks to expedite appointment of varsity VCs

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Wednesday asked officials to speed up the process of appointing Vice-Chancellors (VCs) to universities in the state. The Search Committees, appointed by the state government for the selection of the VCs, are already on the job, Rao said in an official press release. Observing that there has been some delay in the appointment due to the COVID-19 pandemic, he asked the officials to expedite the process. He asked Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar to monitor, supervise and complete the appointment without further delay

21:48 (IST)26 Aug 2020
AP logs single day record 10,830 COVID-19 cases; 81 deaths

A new record high of 10,830 fresh cases of COVID-19 were reported in a day in Andhra Pradesh as the states aggregate tally shot up to 3,82,469 on Wednesday. Results from 61,838 sample tests in 24 hours ending 9 am on Wednesday turned out the record number of positives in a single day so far, surpassing the 10,820 reported on August 9.

After a cumulative 34,18,690 tests, the infection positivity rate in the state mounted to 11.19 per cent as against the national average of 8.59 per cent, according to the latest government bulletin. It said 81 more coronavirus patients succumbed in the 24 hour period while another 8,473 got cured and discharged from hospitals.

The state now has 92,208 active cases after a total of 2,86,720 patients recovered and 3,541 died.

20:43 (IST)26 Aug 2020
Senior Telangana cop succumbs to COVID-19 days before retirement

A senior police officer in Telangana died of COVID-19 here on Wednesday, just days before his retirement from service. Additional Superintendent of Police of Jagtial district, K Dakshina Murthy (58), contracted coronavirus and was admitted to a private hospital here a week ago, police said. He died of a heart attack at about 5.30 am, while undergoing treatment for the viral infection, they said. The 1989 batch officer hails from Karimnagar and was due to retire by the end of this month. He is survived by wife, son and two daughters.

18:33 (IST)26 Aug 2020
Desperation among Telangana patients as organ transplants come to a halt

She was supposed to get a kidney transplant towards the end of March. Till that point everything had gone well. Doctors had cleared her an ideal case for an organ transplant, her father had turned out to be a suitable match and with the paperwork over, even a date was scheduled. But that was when the pandemic came into the picture.

It’s been nearly five months since organ transplantation surgeries have been put on hold because of Covid-19. Since February, the woman in her mid-thirties, who did not want to be named, has been undergoing dialysis, spending up to four hours in the hospital every alternate date, every time exposing herself to the highly contagious virus.

Husband Srinivas says the regular visits to the hospital have forced them to relocate from Shadnagar, about 90 km from Hyderabad, to Bolarum, about 25 km from the government hospital. “Initially we used to take her to hospital in an auto-rickshaw. The journey up and down would cost around Rs 2000. Now, I take her on my bike every alternate day,” he says. Read more here

14:17 (IST)26 Aug 2020
Telangana sees a spike in cases

Telangana seems to be experiencing a resurgence. In the last five days, the state has been reporting close to 2,500 new cases every day. On Tuesday, this figure crossed 3,000 for the first time. Before this, the state was reporting between 1,500 and 1,800 cases every day.

Top ten states with maximum caseload:

STATE TOTAL POSITIVE NEW CASES TOTAL RECOVERIES DEATHS
Maharashtra 703,823 10,425 514,790 23,112
Tamil Nadu 391,303 5,951 332,454 6,721
Andhra Pradesh 371,639 9,927 278,247 3,460
Karnataka 291,826 8,161 204,439 4,977
Uttar Pradesh 197,388 5,006 144,754 3,059
Delhi 164,071 1,544 147,743 4,330
West Bengal 144,801 2,964 114,543 2,909
Bihar 124,827 1,444 104,532 644
Telangana 111,688 3,018 85,223 780
Assam 94,593 1,974 74,815 260
13:27 (IST)26 Aug 2020
SC refuses to entertain AP govt's plea against HC status quo order on three capital cities

The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to entertain the Andhra Pradesh government's plea challenging the state high court's decision ordering status quo on two new laws enabling the formation of three capital cities. A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, R Subhash Reddy and M R Shah refused to interfere with the interim order passed by the high court and asked it to decide the matter expeditiously. Senior Advocate Rakesh Dwivedi, appearing for the Andhra Pradesh government, argued that the judiciary can't decide from where the executive will function. The bench was informed that the main matter is pending before a full court bench of the Andhra Pradesh High Court, which will commence its hearing from Thursday.

13:18 (IST)26 Aug 2020
3,018 new COVID-19 cases in Telangana, 10 more deaths

Telangana posted 3,018 fresh coronavirus cases, the highest single day spurt so far, pushing the state's total infection count to 1.11 lakh. With 10 more fatalities the toll rose to 780, a state government bulletin said on Wednesday, providing data as of 8 PM on August 25. The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corpoation (GHMC) registered 475 fresh infections, followed by Rangareddy 247, Medchal Malkajgiri 204), Nalgonda 190, Khammam 161, Warangal Urban 139 and other districts. All 33 districts in the state reported positive cases in double digits.

12:21 (IST)26 Aug 2020
Senior Telangana cop succumbs to COVID-19 days before retirement

A senior police officer in Telangana died of COVID-19 in Karimnagar on Wednesday, just days before his retirement from service. Additional Superintendent of Police of Jagtial district, K Dakshina Murthy (58), contracted coronavirus and was admitted to a private hospital here a week ago, police said. He died of a heart attack at about 5.30 am, while undergoing treatment for the viral infection, they said.

The 1989 batch officer hails from Karimnagar and was due to retire by the end of this month. He is survived by wife, son and two daughters. "Dakshina Murthy was a dedicated police officer. Unfortunately, we lost him," Karimnagar Police Commissioner, V B Kamalasan Reddy told PTI.

11:05 (IST)26 Aug 2020
Senior journalist Ramachandra Murthy resigns as AP govt advisor

Retired senior editor K Ramachandra Murthy on Tuesday resigned from the post of Advisor (Public Policy) to the government of Andhra Pradesh. He submitted his resignation to Ajeya Kallam, Principal Advisor to the Chief Minister, reportedly citing "personal reasons," sources close to him said. Murthy, who served as Editor of various Telugu and English newspapers in erstwhile unified Andhra Pradesh for many decades, was appointed as the Advisor (Public Policy) in September 2019, with the rank of a Cabinet Minister. He was one of the 20 advisors appointed by the YSR Congress government in the rank of a Cabinet Minister each

09:46 (IST)26 Aug 2020
COVID-19 cases in Telangana may taper by September-end: Health dept official

Telangana has conducted over five lakh COVID-19 tests so far this month and the intensity of the disease is expected to taper by the end of September, a senior official of the Telangana Health department said on Tuesday. Director of Public Health Dr G Srinivas Rao said though there is a surge in the number of COVID-19 cases in rural Telangana, the infection rate is coming down in Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) area and it is expected to further reduce in the coming days. "We have earlier said the cases would gradually come down in the GHMC area by the end of August. We also said though there would be some uptick, the cases in rural Telangana would be under control by the end of September. The trend is as expected," he said at a press conference.

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 continued to witness a steady rise in the daily number of COVID-19 cases, with 2,579 fresh infections and nine more fatalities being reported, pushing the state's tally to 1.08 lakh. The toll climbed to 770 with nine deaths, a state government bulletin said on Tuesday, providing data as of 8 PM on August 24. As many as 52,933 samples were tested on August 24, the highest for a day so far. Cumulatively, 10.21 lakh samples were tested. The samples tested per million population was 27,502, it said. Out of the 2,579 new cases, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), the COVID-19 hotspot in the state, saw a relatively low count at 295, followed by Rangareddy 186, Khammam 161, Warangal Urban 143, Nizamabad 142, and others. All 33 districts in the state reported cases in double digits.

Online classes for students in Telangana will begin from September 1, the school education department said in its order on Monday. It noted that the cabinet meeting on August 5 had approved commencement of admissions and given the green signal for starting distance education and e-learning for schools. "The government, after careful examination, hereby permit as part of e-learning and distance education, online classes on various digital/Tv/T-SAT platforms from September 1, 2020 in all schools. All teachers shall attend schools regularly from August 27 onwards and shall prepare e-content lessons," the order said.