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Andhra reports 12 new cases, tally rises to 161

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Twelve more persons tested positive for coronavirus in Andhra Pradesh since Thursday night, taking the state’s total such cases to 161.

According to a Health Department bulletin at 10 am on Friday, the new cases have been reported since 10 pm on Thursday.

Majority of the cases were reported during the last five days and almost all are Tablighi Jamaat event attendees in March or their contacts.

Among the districts, Nellore accounts for maximum 32 cases, followed by Krishna 23, Guntur 20, Kadapa 19, Prakasam 17, West Godavari 15, and Visakhapatnam 14.

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You cannot buy essentials beyond 11 am, social distancing will be strictly enforced: AP govt

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The state government on Sunday has further tightened the lockdown regulations by imposing fresh restrictions on people in Andhra Pradesh. As the number of corona positive cases rose to 20 in the state, the YSRCP government has decided to restrict buying of essentials till 11 am and this regulation will be strictly implemented in urban areas where a maximum number of corona positive cases were reported. Further, the state government announced that the social distancing norm will be strictly enforced.

The decision was taken after extensive meetings were held on Sunday chaired by Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy and his cabinet colleagues Minister for Health Alla Kali Krishna Srinivas, Home minister Mekhathoti Sucharita, finance minister Buggana Rajendranath Reddy, Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister Botsa Satyanarana and high level officials including State Chief Secretary Nilam Sawhney, additional chief secretary P V Ramesh and DGP Gautam Sawang.

The state government announced that the social distancing norm will be strictly enforced. But will it be practically possible for the government to enforce social distancing norm. With the time to buy essentials restricted to 11 am, people could turnout in large numbers at grocery stores and vegetable markets without paying heed to social distancing rules. One can expect a heavy rush of buyers in various parts of the state, especially in packed cities in Viskahapatnam, Vijayawada and Tirupati. It could be nearly impossible for people to maintain the required distance of at least one metre or 3.5 feet between each other to ensure social distancing to prevent spread of the contagion while buying essentials like milk, groceries and vegetables.

The moot question is will people be able to buy essentials if the time is strictly restricted to 11 am? There have been reports of police personnel harassing and beating up delivery persons or forcibly closing down grocery stores or stopping truck carrying essential commodities even when the time to buy essentials was fixed between 7 am to 7 pm. With the time to buy essentials restricted to 11 am, there could be panic buying of essentials with people crowding around grocery stores, vegetable vendors, fruit vendors and medical stores to stock up on supplies.

Further, such strict enforcement of time could lead to hoarding of commodities by traders resulting in artificial scarcity and price rise. As it is, there are reports of serpentine queues in front of supermarkets in Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada and Tirupati with customers eagerly waiting for their turn to purchase food items.

Prices of vegetables in most urban cities have tripled, which is turning out to be a double whammy for the daily wage earners engaged in informal sectors. Although the state government announced that it will take measures to safeguard migrant labourers and daily wage earners, it has so far not come out with a concrete plan to protect the most vulnerable section of the society. They have lost their employment due to the lockdown and are now being required to pay twice the amount for essentials.

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Telangana DSP, son booked for violating Corona quarantine rule

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The Telangana state government is taking stringent measures against violators disobeying government orders on containing the spread of coronavirus in state.

The police on Monday booked cases against Kothagudem DSP SM Ali and his son S Arba for violating the Epidemic Diseases Act of 1897.

DSP’s son had recently returned from London.

He was supposed to report to government or quarantine centre for mandatory medical checking as per the provisions of the Act.

However, the DSP took his son to home using his official power without sending him to quarantine centre.

Few fellow citizens complained to government over this.

The officials immediately sprung into action and sent DSP and his family members for corona tests.

They were sent to Government Hospital in Warangal for tests. His son tested positive for the virus.

Moreover, the DSP’s family recently attended a house-warming ceremony at Raghavapuram in Chintalapudi mandal of West Godavari district.

Following this, the police booked case against DSP and his son. The Telangana government also alerted AP government about his visit to WG district.

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Social distancing is the need of the hour : Mahesh Babu

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Telugu superstar Mahesh Babu has urged everyone to stay indoors, sacrifice social life and prioritise public safety to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

He took to his Instagram and wrote: “Social distancing is the need of the hour! It’s a tough call but we need to make it. This is time to sacrifice our social life and prioritize public safety. Stay indoors as much as you can and make the most of this phase with your family and loved ones. This will keep the virus from spreading and save many lives.”

The “Maharshi” star also asked everyone to wash hands frequently.

“Ensure you wash your hands frequently and keep your environment clean. Use hand sanitisers as much as possible, use masks only if you think you are sick… Let’s continue to follow all the necessary steps until this passes. We are in it together and we will see this through… Let’s beat #COVID19 together… #StaySafe,” he added.

Mahesh Babu is currently being lauded for his performance in the latest release “Sarileru Neekevvaru”.

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Coronavirus scare: Rs 8000 Cr loss for Film Industry

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With the fast spread of coronavirus, people are scared to visit theaters and multiplexes in the country. Theaters are temporarily shut down all over the country till the end of this month. A call would be taken after the situations will be analyzed. The estimated loss of theater shut down is said to be close to Rs 8000 crores. A loss of Rs 4000 crores will occur because of the ticket sales.

The GST loss is said to be Rs 1000 crores. The loss of revenue on the sale of food, beverages, parking and other expenses is said to be close to Rs 2000 crores. Rs 1000 crores loss would take place on advertising income. On the whole, coronavirus is said to leave the Indian film industry in a loss of Rs 8000 crores.

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TTD measures to prevent corona virus

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The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams has decided to removing waiting of crowds in queues and compartments for Darshan. Lakhs of people visit the temple every day. But now, the corona virus is threatening to spread from any corner. Already, a positive case has raised big concerns in Nellore town limits. Many states and institutions are taking immediate voluntary steps for safety precautions.

TTD Executive Officer Anil Kumar Singhal has come out with these preventive measures. The mass gathering problem is indeed big in Tirumala temple. Moreover, devotees come from all over the world. Screening of the devotees is also not possible because of the lack of enough medical infrastructure there.

Because of these limitations, the TTD decided to give time slots to devotees. Also, the devotees will not be allowed to go in crowds at one time to had Darshan. There are reports the arrival of devotees has also come down a bit because of the virus scare. Because of the epidemic steady spread in different parts of India, institutions like TTD are becoming alert. For safety sake, the TTD has already cancelled Sitaramula Kalyanam in Vontimitta Ramalayam.

Meanwhile, TDP is asking the State Election Commission to suspend the elections temporarily and restart the same after virus scare is over.

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Telangana alert, we cannot be a mute spectator to Coronavirus: KCR

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With the second case of coronavirus confirmed in Hyderabad, the state government as a precautionary measure has put Telangana on high alert to contain and tackle the global outbreak of Corona virus global outbreak. Schools, colleges and all educational institutions will be closed till March 31. Further, the government has asked the theatre owners to shut down cinema halls till March 31, a decision to this effect was taken at a high-level committee comprising all state departments noting that some states in the country have already initiated measures such as temporarily shutting down cinema halls, malls and educational institutions to contain the spread of the viral disease. However, the government said the SSC (Class 10) examinations will continue as per schedule.

Earlier, addressing the Assembly, Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekara Rao although currently there is no panic situation in the state he said the coronavirus should not be underestimated.

India has registered its second death related to Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) after a 68-year-old woman died in Delhi, while around 81 positive cases have been reported till date. In Hyderabad, there has been only one case of coronavirus in Hyderabad after a 24-year-old techie tested positive for the deadly disease. The patient underwent treatment at the Gandhi Hospital and was discharged after complete recovering. A 76-year-old man from Karnataka died in Hyderabad, the first case of coronavirus death reported in the country. The chief minister informed the Assembly around 34 people, who came in contact with the 76-year-old Karnataka man who died of coronavirus, have been identified in the state. Further, three passengers who had returned from Italy were rushed to the Gandhi Hospital after they showed symptoms. The samples with suspected symptoms of the virus have been sent to the National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Pune.

The central government has taken several measures to contain the spread of the virus. The state governments of Delhi, Karnataka, Odisha and Maharashtra have announced partial shutdowns in view of the global epidemic coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, he informed the Assembly and the Telangana government cannot be a mute spectator.

“This is a serious public health threat. The virus has sparked fear and anxiety around the world. We cannot be a mute spectator to the spread of Corona virus. Though there is no panic situation in Telangana, the government is alert and will take all precautionary measures to counter the threat of the virus. The actions we take today will save lives,” the chief minister told the Assembly on Saturday.

“Our neighboring metro Bangalore has closed schools. Governments have asked people to keep marriages and birthday functions low-key. Similar measures were initiated by the governments of Maharashtra, Odisha and other states,” he said. The chief minister said when the Spanish flu in the early 19th century, it wiped out around 10 to 20 crore people globally. In India alone, as per records, around 1.40 crore people were killed due to the Spanish flu. Therefore, it would be criminal to underestimate or ignore the outbreaks of such viruses, he told the Assembly.

The chief minister further informed the Assembly that the government was taking all necessary precautions to monitor and screen all passengers at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport which is witnessing an exponential growth of 150 per cent in air traffic. On an average, the airport handles 57,000 passengers and over 500 flights operate from the airport. The central government has banned and cancelled all visas to travelers from the seven most affected nations including China, South Korea, Iran, Italy, France, Germany and Spain. “Fortunately, we do not have direct flights to these seven countries, but the fear of contagion is always there as the travelers visit Hyderabad through connecting or transit flights,” he said. Similarly, the government will initiate various protective measures to prevent the spread of the virus at Metro stations and public transport systems like the RTC. He said around 4 lakh people travel in Metro Rail everyday and two crore passengers commute in RTC.

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Coronavirus scare: Kerala theatres to remain shut

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With the coronavirus scare, the footfalls to theatres and multiplexes came down from the past ten days across the country. Kerala confirmed its 12th coronavirus positive case and the Health Department is working hard to bring the situations under control. The state’s Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan today announced that the theatres across Kerala will remain shut till March 31st. Holidays are declared for all the educational institutions in Kerala.

Mohanlal’s most awaited film Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham will be hit badly as the film is slated for this Friday release. Priyadarshan is the director and Megastar Chiranjeevi recently unveiled the Telugu trailer of the film. With the theatres shut, the makers of Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham will announce a new release date soon. Several other film releases are delayed and the new chart of release dates will be out once things get better in the coastal state.

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Coronavirus to disrupt summer releases

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A bunch of films planned their releases during this summer. To avoid box-office clash, several films announced their release dates well in advance. April and May are jam-packed with releases. Nani’s V is the first film to open summer race and with the scare of coronavirus, some of the films that arrive during early summer are re-thinking about the release date of their films.

Films like Aranya, Uppena and Nishabdham are slated for April first week release and their fate would be decided on the severity of coronavirus in the coming weeks. As of now, the deadly virus is having a huge impact on the collections from the past one week. If the films get postponed, there would be a box-office clash among some movies and confusion among the other summer releases.

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US-returned teenager under watch for coronavirus in Chennai

A 15-year old boy, who arrived here from the US along with his parents, has been taken to the government hospital after he had shown symptoms of coronavirus infection, a senior Tamil Nadu Health Department official said.

“The boy, aged 15 years, had landed at Chennai airport on Sunday morning. During the screening, he had shown symptoms of coronavirus infection. He was taken to the government hospital where his blood samples have been taken for tests,” he told IANS.

According to the official, the test results will be available on Monday.

Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu Health Secretary Beela Rajesh told reporters that Railways and officials of state transport department have been instructed to sterilise the coaches and buses to prevent spread of coronavirus.

Till date, only a 45-year-old man tested positive for coronavirus in Tamil Nadu and was admitted to a government hospital here.

The person, admitted to the isolation ward, had arrived from Oman.

According to Rajesh, the government hospitals have adequate stock of medicines and also urged people to avoid unnecessary travel.

She said the disease is spreading owing to travelling to coronavirus affected countries and contact with those who had gone to such countries.

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Andhra Pradesh allocates Rs 200 cr to tackle coronavirus

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Though Andhra Pradesh is yet report any positive coronavirus case, Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy on Friday decided to allocate Rs 200 crore to meet any exigency.

He also decided to allocate Rs 60 crore for setting up special wards in Vijayawada and Anantapur for the purpose.

At a meeting with top officials, the Chief Minister reviewed the measures being taken to prevent the possible spread of coronavirus.

Officials said that people coming from other countries are being thoroughly screened at the airports. All those returning from abroad are being asked to be under observation for 14 days.

The officials said that 20 out of the 24 suspected cases in the state have turned negative, while the details of the remaining four are awaited.

The virus can be prevented by special care on hygiene and personal care. It has been found that only 5 per cent of the positive cases turn critical, more so when a person is already suffering from some ailment, officials said.

At least 6,927 persons, who arrived from abroad, were screened at Visakhapatnam airport till March 5. This apart, 790 persons who landed in Visakhapatnam port, 469 in Krishnapatnam port and 60 persons at the Gannavaram airport have been screened. Doctors are being trained to handle the screening tests, officials said.

They also said that 351 beds have been kept ready, while 47 ventilators, 12,444 personal protective equipment and 1.10 lakh masks have been acquired to meet any exigency. Similarly, orders have been placed to acquire 12,000 personal protective equipment and 50,000 masks. Isolation wards are being arranged away from all the major hospitals.

Super-specialty hospitals in Vijayawada and Ananthapur have been asked to handle coronavirus cases. Ambulances have been kept ready to carry suspected coronavirus cases to the hospitals and the vehicles would be completely sterilised once a patient is dropped at the hospital.

The Chief Minister cautioned the officials not to create panic among the people, but to inform them about the precautions needed to be taken to prevent the spread of the virus, and to set up a call centre to immediately take up preventive measures. He also directed the officials to involve village secretariats in creating awareness among the people about the virus.

Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister and state Health Minister Alla Kali Krishna Srinivas said that raids were being conducted on medical stores for selling masks at a higher price. Cases have been registered against a couple of medical stores.

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Amit Shah’s Hyderabad rally postponed amid coronavirus scare

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Coronavirus scare has forced the BJP to be postpone its pro-CAA rally which was scheduled to be addressed by Union Home Minister Amit Shah here on March 15.

The Bharatiya Janata Party’s Telangana unit on Wednesday announced that the rally in support of Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) stand postponed.

Shah and other BJP leaders were scheduled to address the rally at LB Stadium in the heart of the city.

BJP Telangana chief spokesperson K. Krishnasagar Rao said the new date for the rally would be announced later.

The development came amid growing number of coronavirus cases in the country. Telangana reported its first COVID-19 positive case on March 2 while two others also suspected to have contracted the virus.

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Panic at Hyd IT park after techie tests COVID-19 positive

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There was panic at an information technology park in Hyderabad on Wednesday after a techie reportedly tested positive for COVID-19.

Some companies at Raheja Mindspace IT Park in the IT hub of Hitech City sent their employees home as a precautionary measure.

The woman techie, who recently returned from Italy, was reportedly tested positive in the preliminary test. As the news spread, there was panic among employees working in that company and in surrounding offices in one of the multi-storied buildings in the sprawling facility.

As a precautionary measure, some employers asked their employees to work from home. A multi-national company, located adjacent to the office where she was working, asked its employees to avail Work From Home (WHF).

Stating that the company takes health concern of all its employees seriously, the HR head advised them to use hand sanitisers and avoid touching objects in common areas.

The employees were advised to use stairs instead of the elevators while leaving the office.

As a large number of employees came out of the building, it created confusion in the area. The building was almost deserted.

A techie, hailing from Hyderabad but working in a software firm in Bengaluru, was the first COVID-19 positive case.

Two more persons including a woman techie were tested positive in the preliminary test at Gandhi Hospital. Their samples were sent to National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune for further testing.

The woman techie had recently returned from Italy while the other person was a contact of the first COVID-19 positive case.

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2 more test positive in Telangana, samples sent to Pune

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Two more persons in Telangana have tested positive for coronavirus at a government-run hospital but their samples were sent to Punes National Institute of Virology (NIV) for furthest testing.

Two days after Telangana reported first COVID-19 positive case, two persons were tested positive at Gandhi Hospital but the authorities sent their samples to NIV for confirmation.

Officials said one has travel history to Italy while the second is the contact of first COVID-19 positive case.

Director of Public Health and Family Welfare said 47 samples were tested for COVID-19 on Tuesday and out of them 45 samples were found negative. “Two samples are being sent to NIV, Pune for further testing. The report is expected tomorrow. They are being kept in isolation at Gandhi Hospital,” he said.

The official said 45 persons who were negative were discharged and advised strict home isolation for 14 days.

The 24-year-old techie, who was tested positive on Monday, is stable and in isolation at Gandhi Hospital.

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45 who came in contact with Hyderabad techie isolated

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Out of 88 persons who came into contact with the techie tested positive for COVID-19, as many as 45 were admitted to government-run Gandhi Hospital here, Telangana Health Minister Etela Rajender said on Tuesday.

He said samples from these people were collected and the results were awaited. The authorities have identified 85 people who came into contact with the techie.

They will be kept in isolation for 14 days. “The remaining people will also be brought to the hospital and subjected to the coronavirus test,” he said.

Those brought to hospital and screened include the techie’s family members, those who travelled with him in the bus from Bengaluru to Hyderabad and the staff at a private hospital where he was treated for few days before he approached the Gandhi Hospital.

Rajender said the condition of the techie was stable and had improved since Monday.

The man, hailing from Hyderabad and working for a Bengaluru-based IT firm, is suspected to have picked up virus in Dubai, where he came in contact with some company representatives from Hong Kong. After returning from Dubai, he spent two days in Bengaluru, meeting company employees and others.

After reaching Hyderabad by bus, he approached a private hospital with fever and flu-like symptoms. He continued his treatment as an outpatient for five days and was subsequently admitted there. As there was no improvement in his condition, he came to Gandhi Hospital on March 1.

His samples were sent to National Institute of Virology, Pune and they tested positive for COVID-19.

A day after the state posted first COVID-19 positive case, the authorities swung into action to beef up the preparatory mechanism. Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao announced Rs 100 crore for necessary infrastructure and other measures to contain the spread of coronavirus.

A three-member ministerial committee held a meeting with top officials to review the situation and discuss necessary measures to deal with any situation.

The Health Minister told reporters after the meeting that over 3,000 beds would be ready for isolation of patients with suspected symptoms of coronavirus while 250 to 300 beds would be arranged for treatment of positive cases, if necessary.

The beds would be arranged at the Military Hospital, Chest Hospital, Gandhi Hospital, Fever Hospital and Vikarabad Hospital, all government-run facilities. In addition to these hospitals, the infrastructure at private medical colleges in and around Hyderabad would also be used.

The Health Department has deployed 24 pulmonologists to cater to the people under observation at various hospitals. An equal number of serving pulmonologists are kept stand-by. A large number of retired doctors were also contacted and their willingness was obtained to serve in case of need.

The Minister said he spoke to Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan over phone and requested him to make the masks available to the state.

The meeting also decided to take up awareness campaign on large scale to allay fears and clear the myths about coronavirus. The minister said there was no need for panic.

He appealed to people not to believe rumours or false information about coronavirus. He pointed out that the mortality rate of coronavirus is only 3 per cent, which is far less compared to other viruses like swine flu and SARS.

He, however, called up on people to take the precautions while going into public places. He said they should use kerchiefs while sneezing and coughing.

He hoped that the state would not witness high incidence of coronavirus as there would be less chances of the virus surviving due to increasing temperature.

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Telangana reviews preparedness after first COVID-19 case

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A day after Telangana reported first positive case of COVID-19, a ministerial panel on Tuesday held a meeting with top officials to discuss the preparedness to contain the possible spread of the deadly virus.

The panel comprising three ministers said the government was ready to deal with the situation and assured people that there is no need for panic.

Industry and Municipal Administration Minister K.T. Rama Rao, Health Minister Etela Rajender and Panchayat Raj Minister Errabelli Dayakar Rao chaired a high-level coordination meeting to review the various measures being taken to contain the spread of coronavirus.

Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar, Special Chief Secretary, Health, Shanti Kumari, Principal Secretary Municipal Administration, Arvind Kumar, Greater Hyderabad Municipal Commissioner Lokesh Kumar, heads of departments from health, ministry of urban development, information and public relations, rural development, representatives from Arogyasree, private hospitals and Military Hospital attended the meeting.

The ministers directed the officials to ensure widespread publicity of preventive measures and to clear the myths among people.

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has opened a helpline for those who returned from China or any other affected countries and are suffering from any of the symptoms. Such people can call 040-24651119 to get themselves tested for confirmation.

The ministers also underlined the need to clear the misconception among people that infection with coronavirus will lead to death. They asked the officials to deal firmly with those spreading false information about the virus.

It was also decided in the meeting that strong action will be taken against quacks found to be taking advantage of the situation for commercial gains.

A 24-year-old software engineer from Hyderabad was Monday found positive for COVID-19. The techie had recently returned from Dubai, where he was suspected to have contacted the virus.

He is currently undergoing treatment in the isolation ward of government-run Gandhi Hospital. His condition is stated to be critical. Doctors were also keeping a close watch on his family members and the staff at a private hospital which earlier attended on him.

The officials said they were also trying to track the people with whom the techie travelled from Bengaluru to Hyderabad on February 22.

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Jagan alert to officials on Corona virus

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AP CM Jaganmohan Reddy has ordered the health and medical department officials to develop virus patients isolation centres in all the district headquarters hospitals in the state. Though no Corona case is reported in AP till now, it is no time for complacency. One case is already noticed in neighbouring Telangana Capital.

Jagan stressed the need for training the staff at the government hospitals and also to form rapid response teams.
The cause of concern in Telugu states is that the Kovid 19 viruses is rapidly spreading in the Gulf countries. AP health officials have begun efforts to meet any eventuality. In every village secretariat, Corona awareness information will be provided. Body masks and face masks are made available at the major hospitals.

CM Jagan has told the people that there is no immediate threat in AP but, despite this, everybody should be alert to quickly respond if there is any incidence.

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Over 5,000 under surveillance for coronavirus: Centre

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The Union Ministry of Health and Family welfare, on Wednesday, said that 5123 people were under home surveillance as a precautionary measure for coronavirus. Besides, the ministry also informed that at least 741 tests for nCoV have been done so far.

“A total of 741 tests done for #nCoV2020. Of these 738 have tested NEGATIVE, and 3 found positive. 342 are under process. Also, 5123 people are under home surveillance,” the Health Ministry tweeted.

Earlier, the Union Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba held a high level review meeting to take stock of the novel coronavirus situation even as the government issued a new travel advisory that urged people to refrain from travelling to China, saying intended visitors from China might apply afresh for an Indian visa.

It was reiterated in the meeting that from now on, anyone with a history of travel to China since January 15, 2020, could be quarantined.

The high-level review meeting on the preparedness for tackling the coronavirus threat was attended by the secretaries of Health and Family Welfare, External Affairs, Civil Aviation, Pharma, Dept of Health Research, Member Secretary (NDMA), and other officials from the Home Ministry, Commerce, Army and Defence, here on Wednesday.

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Hyderabad hospital begins testing for coronavirus

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Suspected coronavirus cases from both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh will now be tested in Hyderabad with the health authorities setting up the necessary facilty at the government-run Gandhi Hospital here.

Telangana Health Minister Etela Rajender on Monday inaugurated the facility at Gandhi Hospital’s Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) lab.

He said samples from the suspected cases in both the Telugu states will be examined in the hi-tech lab for which the Centre has provided rapid diagnostic kits.

He said the test kits can be used to conduct tests on swab samples of 30 people in a day.

With the settings up of this facility, the authorities will be able to save the time in sending the samples to National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune.

The Health Minister said that the test result will now be available in 10 hours.

Currently, it is taking two days to send the samples to Pune and get the report.

So far, 20 people with suspected coronavirus symptoms approached Fever Hospital. Their blood and swab samples were sent to NIV, Pune.

Rajender said none of samples were tested positive.

The authorities are awaiting results of eight other samples.

Almost all these people had returned from China and they voluntarily approached the hospital, where 40-bed isolation ward is kept ready for patients with suspected coronavirus symptoms.

A similar isolation was has been set up at Gandhi Hospital. Officials said some additional beds were arranged at Chest Hospital as a precautionary measure.

All teaching hospitals in Telangana will be added to the list of hospitals providing symptomatic to patients of suspected coronavirus.

The health authorities have urged frequent flyers with a travel history to China and other countries where coronavirus cases are being reported, to voluntarily get themselves admitted to designated hospitals in Hyderabad.

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Jagan urges Centre to evacuate 35 youth from China

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Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy on Friday urged the Centre to evacuate 35 youth from the state trapped in the locked-down city of Wuhan in China following the outbreak of the deadly Coronavirus.

In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Chief Minister requested him to direct the Indian embassy in China to evacuate them to India at the earliest and provide all necessary assistance.

Jagan wrote that these youth were part of a group of staff of Chinese firm Panel Optodisplay Technology Private Ltd (POPTL) who went there for training in August last year.

POPTL selected 35 students from Visakhapatnam in 2019 during campus placements to work at its upcoming LCD TV screen-manufacturing unit near Tirupati. “Later, they along with others, were sent to Wuhan for training. The batch was to return to India in the first week of March this year,” he wrote.

Jagan also mentioned in the letter that the parents of the affected employees are worried and want their wards back home at the earliest.

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