Ten of 68 new cases reported in the state on Wednesday were linked to the sprawling market, which has become notorious for its role in the spread of the coronavirus. With this, the number of such cases has gone up to 155.
It now emerges that Telangana’s impressive numbers could have a lot to do with its woeful record on testing. As of May 14, the state had conducted just 22,842 tests, which was among the lowest in the country.
Andhra’s 150 cases include 101 people who returned from Maharashtra, 10 from Odisha, 26 from Gujarat, 11 from Rajasthan and one each from Karnataka and West Bengal, making officials scramble to trace their contacts.
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Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy directed officials to be on high alert over the spike in cases in connection with Koyambedu market returnees and speed up testing of all those who came in contact with them.
Grishma was asleep on the terrace of their house in R R Venkatapuram village, about 1 km from the factory. As the gas spread, people started running. Grishma collapsed outside her house. Her uncle N Mani rushed her to a primary health centre at Pendurthi, about 7 km away, but she died on the way.
“The Telangana Chief Secretary had requested that the workers be sent back for the rice mills in the state. The local coordinators, who keep in touch with migrant workers, contacted them, and 222 workers boarded the train,” said Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi.
The Telangana Police started giving passes to stranded migrants to enable them to leave the state. It is also being done to assess the number of stranded migrants, the states they belong to, and the number of trains or buses needed to take them home.
The state is currently testing 1,396 persons per million as on April 27, compared to the national average of 480 per million. State Health Department officials said aggressive testing in the affected zones is helping to identify and isolate patients so that the spread can be minimised.
Less than a month later, Karimnagar is set to become the first district in Telangana to be free of coronavirus, with the last two of its 19 positive cases ready for discharge. The district has seen no deaths attributed to coronavirus.