People flout social distancing norms while waiting for COVID-19 tests at Indira Gandhi Municipal Corporation Stadium in Vijayawada, Monday, July 6, 2020. (PTI Photo)
Andhra Pradesh has 21,197 cases of the novel coronavirus, including 11,200 active cases, 9,745 recoveries and 252 deaths. With cases rising, over 200 people have come forward to volunteer for clinical trials of Covaxin, a candidate vaccine that is being developed in Hyderabad by Bharat Biotech in collaboration with ICMR. The vaccine trials will be conducted at Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS), one of the 13 centres selected by ICMR across India.
Telangana, on the other hand, has 27,612 cases, which includes 11,012 patients under treatment and 16,287 who have recovered. At least 313 people have succumbed to the disease in the state. With 1,831 new cases on Tuesday, Telangana is among the states growing at the fastest rate in the country.
Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan met Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar and Principal Secretary (Health) Shanti Kumari on Tuesday to take stock of the Covid situation in the state. The meeting at Raj Bhavan was held in the wake of allegations that some private hospitals in Telangana were overcharging patients for Covid treatment.
Meanwhile, India’s total caseload rose to 7,42,417 Wednesday, including 2,64,944 active cases, 4,56,831 recoveries and 20,642 deaths. (FollowCoronavirus India LIVE Updates)
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A security personnel uses a thermal screening on workers while preparing vegetable garlands ahead of the Goddess Durga's Shakhambari Devi festival, at Kanaka Durga temple in Vijayawada, Thursday, July 2, 2020. (PTI Photo/File)
A Telangana government bulletin said that out of the 2,501 beds available in four government hospitals, 284 were occupied by Covid-19 suspected cases and 877 by inpatients. With nearly 1,161 beds occupied, the number of vacant beds was 1,340.
Health Minister E Rajender said that the Telangana Institute of Medical Sciences (TIMS), a sports facility converted into a Covid-19 hospital is ready to serve patients.He posted a video about the facilities being provided in the hospital. He further said that patients with mild symptoms should be treated in district hospitals, while those who are asymptomatic should be kept in home isolation and their health monitored.
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In Hyderabad, more than 200 people have contacted the Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS), to volunteer for clinical trials of Covaxin, a candidate vaccine for Covid-19.
Officials on Monday said since July 3, they have received over 200 phone calls and emails from people eager to volunteer for trials of the vaccine, which is being developed by city-based Bharat Biotech in collaboration with ICMR.
Meanwhile, India's coronavirus tally crossed 7 lakh on Tuesday, with around 22,252 new cases and 467 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of fatalities to 20,160.
After a shutdown of more than 100 days, all ASI-protected monuments in Hyderabad reopened for the public on Monday (July 6). The ASI’s Hyderabad circle takes care of historical monuments like the Charminar, the Warangal Fort, the Thousand Pillared Temple and Ramappa Temple in Warangal, the Alampur Temple in Gadwal district, and a couple of prehistoric excavation sites. Among these, the Golconda Fort witnesses the maximum tourist footfall.
The officials of ASI’s Hyderabad held several discussions Friday following instructions from the head office. One of their major concerns is whether the Golconda Fort falls under a containment zone demarcated by the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation. However, after the GHMC gave a go-ahead, the ASI has decided to open the monument on July 6, Monday, but with certain curbs in place.
Meanwhile, as economic activities get a fresh lease of life with the phase 2 of ‘Unlock’ kicking in, small and medium businessmen in Hyderabad are adopting to the post Covid-19 scenario by sensing the market demand. With masks, gloves, sanitisers and face shields being sold in almost every second shop, a businessman in Hyderabad is making his own PPE kits. His only rider: these reusable suits are not for clinical purposes.