The COVID-19 positive cases in Andhra Pradesh rose from from 44 to 111, and the new 67 cases are linked to the Tablighi Jamaat meet in Delhi’s Markaz Nizamuddin, which has been declared as one of the 10 COVID-19 hotspots in the country by the Centre.
Officials said those who tested positive are those, who attended the event and their family members or those who came in contact with them. In AP, of the 111 cases, 99 are now related to the Jamaat event. The 67 new cases are Anantapur 2; chitoor 6: east Godavari 9; Guntur 20; kadapa 15; Krishna 15; Kurnool 1; Nellore 3; prakasam 15; Visakhapatnam 11; west Godavari 14.
“Some of the infected are family members or close contacts of the individuals who attended the jamaat meeting,” an official said.
Till Wednesday evening, the total positive cases in Andhra was 44. However, the results of tests conducted on at least 100 persons were declared today morning. Click here to track all LIVE India updates on coronavirus
The highest number of new cases were reported in Kadapa with 15 persons testing positive followed by West Godavari where 13 tested positive. In Chittoor, five have tested positive, four in Prakasam, two each in East Godavari and Nellore and one each in Krishna and Visakhapatnam.
Several people from Andhra were screened on Wednesday after many who had attended the Jamaat meeting at Markaz Nizamuddin showed symptoms of COVID-19.
Hundreds of teams have fanned out in the 13 districts searching for over 700 persons from Andhra who attended the meeting in mid-March.
“All the newly detected cases in the state are of those who participated in the Tablighi Jamaat. Officials are gathering information from the event organizers, police officials, railwas as they have travelled trains,’’ Minister Botsa Satyanarayana said.
Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy has appealed those who attended the Jamaat meeting and their contact persons to voluntarily come and take treatment.
He has instructed the health department and police department to coordinate and identify the fellow travellers, test them, and shift to quarantine centers in case of any symptoms.
In view of the rise in the number of cases, Jagan also ordered the officials to strictly ensure that there are no public gatherings and implement the relaxation time in urban and rural areas as per the protocol.
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