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Katrina Kaif tested positive for Coronavirus

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Bollywood is completely shattered with the second wave of coronavirus. After Amitabh Bachchan, Rekha and a bunch of Bollywood actors like Aamir Khan, Ranbir Kapoor, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Alia Bhatt, Kartik Aryan, Vicky Kaushal, Bhumi Pednekar and others are tested positive for coronavirus in the recent times. With the wave reaching the peaks in Maharashtra, several biggies that are announced for summer release are pushed again further. Top Bollywood beauty Katrina Kaif is the latest one to get tested positive for coronavirus.

“I have tested positive for coronavirus. Have immediately isolated myself and will be under home quarantine. I am following all safety protocols under the advice of my doctors. Requesting everyone who came in contact with me to get tested immediately. Grateful for all your love and support. Please stay safe and take care” posted Katrina Kaif on her official Instagram page. Wishing Katrina a speedy recovery.

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Corona haunts TRS plenary yet again!

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The ruling TRS in Telangana celebrates its formation day (plenary) of April 27 in a grand manner every year since the party was formed on April 27, 2001 with the sole agenda of achieving statehood for Telangana.

TRS achieved Telangana State in 2014, came to power in Telangana, and ruling Telangana since then.

However, the party is not able to celebrate its plenary for the last three years.

In April 2019, the TRS cancelled its plenary due to Lok Sabha elections in April/ May 2019.

Then party chief and Telangana Chief Minister KCR had announced that the party will celebrate plenary in a grand manner in April 2020.

But in April 2020, the TRS cancelled its plenary due to corona lockdown across India from mid-March 2020.

This year on February 7, KCR announced that TRS will hold a plenary and a huge public meeting with one lakh people in Hyderabad on April 27 as TRS completed 20 years.

However, the increasing corona cases in Telangana especially under GHMC limits for the past few days has reportedly made KCR to postpone plenary again this time.

Moreover, KCR’s government itself had imposed restrictions on public gatherings in Telangana until April 30 to check the spread of coronavirus.

How can his own party flout these orders issued by his own government and conduct plenary with huge gatherings is the question being raised in political circles.

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Corona situation turning worse in Yadadri Temple!

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The famous Yadadri Temple in Telangana has become a corona hotspot for the past few days.

The corona cases in the temple premises are increasing day after day.

Ten more priests and employees working in Yadadri temple were tested positive on Tuesday (today) taking the total affected with coronavirus to 83 within a week.

The temple authorities have already temporarily suspended all Arjitha Sevas and Anna Prasadam for the past one week.

They have now decided to extend this to April 3.

This apart, the corona cases in Yadagirigutta mandal are increasing at an alarming level.

As many as 141 positive cases were reported within the last six days in the mandal.

The temple is now allowing devotees to have only laghu darshan.

On Tuesday, corona tests were conducted for 266 people in Yadagirigutta mandal of whom 24 were found to be positive. Out of them, 10 were Yadadri temple priests and staff.

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Sachin Tested COVID-19 Positive

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Sachin Tendulkar has tested positive for COVID-19. He took to social media and revealed the news. Though the cricketer took necessary precautionary measures and tested himself regularly, unfortunately, he was caught with COVID-19.

“There are mild symptoms, all others at home are tested negative,” he said. He was home quarantined now and is following all the precautions suggested by doctors. He thanked the health care professionals and all others across India who are supporting him. Also, he asked everyone to take care of themselves!

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Jagan Govt announces one-shift school due to Covid

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The YCP Government is taking proactive steps to ensure safety of school children in view of the threat from the Coronavirus second wave. Also, the onset of hot summer has forced the Government to take advance steps. As part of this, the AP Government has announced that the schools in the State will be open for only one shift in the morning hours until further notice. This will be effective from April 1.

School Education Minister Adimulapu Suresh has said that the classes for first to 10th class will be held from 7.45 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. during the one-shift system. The decision is taken in view of the two factors which include the hot summer and also the Covid-19 threat.

The Minister has also discussed with the school education officials about the rising number of infections in the Government schools and the preventive steps required to be taken. When the Coronavirus was at its peak, severe restrictions were imposed like compulsory wearing of face masks, use of sanitisers, gap between students on the benches and so on. All these restrictions were gradually phased out because of a relief in the epidemic.

But the fresh threat from the virus infections is forcing the Government to take restart preventive measures for the safety of the children.

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“Partial lockdown” likely in Telangana from this week?

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The Telangana state government is likely to impose ‘partial lockdown’ in the state from anytime this week in the wake of increasing cases of corona.

Schools have become hotbeds for corona cases with most the cases being reported from schools and hostels run by state government especially gurukulam schools and hostels.

The state government is likely to announce closure of schools again.

Similarly, the government is also planning to impose restrictions on cinema theatres multiplexes and shopping malls.

Seating capacity in theatres will be again brought to 50%.

The state government is also considering imposing partial lockdown during holidays and weekends to avoid public gatherings.

Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao is likely to review the corona situation with health officials in a day or two.

He is likely to announce decisions on partial lockdown in Telangana.

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Lockdown of schools, colleges in Telangana again soon!

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Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has hinted at the lockdown of schools and colleges across Telangana again on the ground of increasing corona cases in Telangana for the past few days.

Speaking in the Legislative Assembly today (Thursday), KCR expressed serious concern over several fresh corona cases being reported from educational institutions across Telangana for the past two-three days.

KCR expressed doubt that this could be the second wave of corona in Telangana and said it would be better to take precautionary measures immediately before the situation turns out of control.

KCR said he will review the corona situation in Telangana and make an announcement in the Assembly whether to run or close the educational institutions in the next two or three days.

KCR opined that it would be better to close the educational institutions instead of taking chances and shift to online classes again.

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57 school students test Covid positive at Tirumala

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At least 57 students of a TTD-run vedic school at Tirumala have tested positive for the coronavirus.

“TTD management has shifted the students immediately to SVIMS (Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences) super specialty hospital at Tirupati for better treatment,” said a Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) official on Wednesday.

However, the students were mandated to carry along with them the Covid negative test report, after the resumption of the classes.

The vedic school run by the TTD reopened for classes post Covid lockdown when all the students returned with their Covid negative reports.

However, on conducting another rapid test on Tuesday, 57 of the students tested positive for Covid.

Following the development, TTD again conducted RTPCR tests on the remianing 378 students, whose reports are awaited, even as they did not exhibit any coronavirus symptoms and all of them were healthy.

Besides, 10 faculty members of the vedic school also tested for the virus.

“TTD is taking all care for its students providing the best medicare,” the official added.

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Telangana records 163 new Covid cases

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Telangana surpassed 2.99 lakh Covid-19 cases on Tuesday with 163 more cases detected during the last 24 hours.

Exactly a year after the first Covid case was detected in the state, the fresh cases pushed the cumulative tally to 2,99,086.

One more person succumbed to the virus taking the toll to 1,635.

The fatality rate remained 0.54 per cent as compared to the national average of 1.4 per cent. While 44.96 per cent of the deaths occurred due to Covid-19, 55.04 per cent were due to comorbidities.

Greater Hyderabad saw the maximum number of cases at 27, followed by Medchal Malkajgiri with 13 and Rangareddy at 12. In the remaining 30 districts, the daily Covid-19 count was in single digit.

A total of 157 people recovered during this period, taking the cumulative recoveries to 2,95,544. The recovery rate stands at 98.81 per cent against the national average of 97.1 per cent.

The number of active cases stands at 1,907, including 774 people who are in home or institutional quarantine.

The health authorities conducted 40,181 tests during the last 24 hours. As many as 37,677 samples were tested in government labs and 2,504 in private labs.

According to the Director of Public Health and Family Welfare, cumulative number of Covid tests rose to 87,61,207.

The samples tested per million population rose to 2,35,389. The daily testing target for the state is 5,600 as per the WHO benchmark of 140 tests per million per day.

Over 92 per cent of the beds in hospitals treating Covid cases remained vacant. As many as 8,226 beds out of 8,577 beds in 62 government hospitals were vacant. Similarly, in 216 private hospitals, 6,851 out of 7,633 beds were vacant.

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Telangana resumes daily Covid bulletin, records 189 new cases

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After a gap of three days, the Telangana government on Friday resumed releasing daily media bulletin about the Covid-19 situation in the state.

State health authorities, who had stopped issuing the daily media bulletin from Tuesday, resumed the practice on the direction of the Telangana High Court.

The court had on Thursday directed the state government to resume releasing the bulletin within 24 hours so that people get information on daily basis, as it observed that providing information to people is important, especially when there is an upsurge in cases in some states, leading to fears of a second wave of the pandemic.

Director, Public Health Dr G. Srinivasa Rao had announced on Tuesday that they are stopping the issue of the bulletin as the human resources used for the same needed to used for Covid vaccination. He had said that a weekly bulletin will be issued instead of daily information.

The bulletin released on Friday shows that the state recorded 189 new cases during the last 24 hours, taking the cumulative tally to 2,98,453. Two deaths pushed the death toll to 1,632.

The fatality rate stands at 0.54 per cent against the national average of 1.4 per cent.

During the last 24 hours, 129 people recovered, taking the total to 2,94,911. The state’s recovery rate is 98.81 per cent against the national average of 97.2 per cent.

A total of 42,432 tests were conducted during the last 24 hours. While government-run laboratories tested 38,336 samples, private laboratories conducted 4,096 tests.

With this, the cumulative number of tests conducted in the state rose to 86,18,845. Tests per million population climbed to 2,31,564.

Greater Hyderabad saw maximum number of cases at 31 followed by Medchal Malkajgiri (19) and Rangareddy (16). Five districts reported no cases while in the remaining 25 districts, new cases were in single digits.

Over 92 per cent of the beds in hospitals treating Covid cases remained vacant. As many as 8,197 beds out of 8,577 beds in 62 government hospitals were vacant. Similarly, in 216 private hospitals, 6,924 out of 7,636 beds were vacant.

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Andhra logs 70 more Covid infections, tally 8.89 lakh

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Andhra Pradesh reported 70 new Covid infections on Tuesday, raising the state’s tally over 8.89 lakh, even as 84 more persons recovered in the past 24 hours.

Chittoor district reported the highest number of cases at 18, followed by East Godavari and Visakhapatnam (9 each), Krishna (7), Nellore (6) and Guntur (5).

Among other places, Srikakulam and West Godavari (4 each), Vizianagaram (3), Anantapur (2) and Kadapa (1). Kurnool did not witness even a single infection in the past 24 hours.

East Godavari’s tally crossed 1.24 lakh, the highest among all Andhra districts, while the state’s positivity rate fell to 6.46 per cent, which is still higher than the national average of 5.19 per cent.

The state’s active coronavirus cases presently plummeted to 575.

Meanwhile, one more person succumbed to the virus in the past 24 hours, raising the total number of deaths to 7,168.

Propelled by 84 more recoveries, total recoveries crossed 8.81 lakh in the southern state.

With 28,268 more tests, total Covid tests in Andhra Pradesh crossed 1.37 crore.

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AP seeks Centre’s guidance for achieving polls, vaccination goals

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As the Coronavirus vaccination plans of Andhra Pradesh government are set to be disrupted by the forthcoming panchayat elections, the state government wrote to the Union government for guidance on how to achieve polls and vaccination goals on Monday.

“In accordance with the directions issued by the High Court and Supreme Court, panchayat polls have to be held and as per the HC directions, both the vaccination and election ought to be undertaken. In the above backdrop we seek your guidance on the further road ahead to achieve the twin objectives of vaccination and conduct of elections,” wrote chief secretary Aditya Nath Das to Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhusan.

Das explained how vaccination for the frontline staff would be interrupted, affecting the health, police, revenue and municipal departments.

He said vaccination for 3.8 lakh healthcare workers has started, out of which 1.49 lakh took the vaccine jab until Monday, even as seven lakh more staff, including 73,188 police personnel needing to be vaccinated immediately after the healthcare workers.

The chief secretary said 2,041 session sites have been planned to cover the police, revenue and municipal departments.

“However, in the state of AP, the SEC has announced elections to the gram panchayats and the election process has started. There are approximately 1.35 lakh polling stations in the state and around five lakh staff will be deployed for election duty,” he highlighted.

Elections will be manned by police, panchayat raj, revenue and education departments, comprising frontline workers.

“The same frontline workers would be deployed to multiple locations by sending them to different polling stations. The issue is more acute in the case of police personnel who are only 73,188 but have to be deployed to 1.35 lakh polling stations. Each police personnel thus will have to be deployed to three polling stations on an average,” said the state’s senior most IAS officer.

Das said police personnel have to be rotated by moving them from one location to another as some of them would be tasked with bandobust arrangements such as monitoring the model code of conduct and execution of non-bailable warrants.

He also observed that polling personnel have to be deployed away from their place of work and residence as per the election commission guidelines.

“This will lead to huge logistical problems and the polling personnel will not be able to be vaccinated as the session site allocated to them through covin software will be based on their office/home location but they will be deployed elsewhere,” he said.

Likewise, those frontline staff jabbed with the first vaccine dose at one location will not be available at the same location for the second dose, including the vaccination process requiring time for observation.

He said AEFI protocol has to be followed where continuous monitoring of the recipients is needed and reminded that a few fatalities have occurred post vaccination, including one in the state.

“Following vaccination, it is advisable that the recipients are not put to unnecessary stress and the recipients have to be provided an environment of low stress and have to be monitored closely,” he added.

However, SEC Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar has notified a four phase election schedule.

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‘Pandemic an eye-opener to increase allocation for health sector’

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The Covid-19 pandemic should serve as an eye-opener for the government to increase allocation for the health sector in the Union Budget 2020-21, feel representatives from the sector.

Pointing out that the pandemic exposed the “shortcomings” in the India healthcare system, they have urged Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to hike the allocation in the Budget to be presented in Parliament on February 1.

According to them, the pandemic posed a serious threat to the healthcare system and consequently to the supply chain of medicines and materials used for the care of those affected. They believe that the situation has forced everyone to think about the money India spends to strengthen its healthcare sector.

Sitharaman had allocated Rs 69,000 crore or 1.28 per cent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for health in the last fiscal. However, the situation India faced due to the health emergency exposed the shortcomings of the healthcare sytem.

Doctors and health professionals appealed to the government and to the Finance Minister to increase allocations to ensure healthcare reaches all sections of society, both urban and rural.

“I sincerely hope the Minister increases allocations to the health sector in the 2021-22 Budget, and a major portion of this allocation must be spent to strengthen primary healthcare and improve the quality of healthcare delivery mechanism. India needs better healthcare facilities which will work towards improving the economy. Covid-19 pandemic must work as an eye-opener to increase Budget allocations for the health sector,” said Dr Guru N Reddy, founder and director, Continental Hospitals.

“Not just an increase in financial allocations, India must focus on skill development and training of the workforce to ensure better delivery of healthcare services in the country. Increased funding will help in improving preparedness to manage uncertain situations arising out of emergencies,” said Dr Mervin Leo, Cluster COO, Gleneagles Global Hospitals.

Dr Rahul Medakkar, COO, Care Hospitals-Banjara Hills, said that in addition to increase in allocations, the government must consider the option of giving enhanced tax incentives for individuals and groups who intend to invest in the health sector.

“One major lesson learnt from the pandemic is the need to establish epidemiology units at all districts in the country, and this is possible only when more investment comes into the sector. The government should also consider to set up infectious diseases units in all hospitals which require unique design considerations and isolation strategies.”

The health professionals are of the view that the Indian healthcare budget is directionally sound but is inadequate in view of the vastness of our country. The sector remains underfunded, and this continues to reflect on the short-term fixes at the expense of building a robust health system over a longer period of time.

The glaring mismatch between allocation and desired outcome make it unclear how the government proposes to achieve what it claims to have budgeted for, they added.

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Active Covid cases drop below 2k in Andhra

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Active coronavirus cases in Andhra Pradesh have dropped below 2,000 to 1,987 on Saturday, powered by 326 more recoveries.

On adding the new recoveries, total recoveries crossed 8.76 lakh. In the past 24 hours, 114 new Covid infections have been reported in the state, increasing the state’s total tally to 8.85 lakh.

Chittoor district accounted for the highest number of infections at 24, followed by Visakhapatnam (22) East Godavari (13), Krishna (12), Nellore (10) and Kurnool (8).

Among other places, Guntur and Srikakulam had 6 cases each, West Godavari (4), Anantapur and Vizianagaram (3 each) and Prakasam (1).

East Godavari district’s tally crossed 1.24 lakh, the highest among all Andhra districts, while the state’s positivity rate fell to 7.06 per cent that is still higher than the national average of 5.68 per cent.

With 25,542 more tests, the total Covid-19 tests conducted in Andhra Pradesh so far have crossed 1.25 crore.

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Ram Charan tested negative for Coronavirus

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Mega Powerstar Ram Charan shocked his fans, family and audience after he was tested positive for coronavirus. The ongoing schedule along with the fresh schedule of RRR is kept under wraps as the actor was in home isolation. Ram Charan took his official social media page to inform that he recovered from coronavirus completely and will head back to work very soon. Ram Charan informed the makers of his upcoming projects that he recovered from coronavirus. As per the update, Charan along with Alia Bhatt will join the sets of RRR after Sankranthi and will shoot for the pending portions.

Ram Charan will also join the sets of Chiranjeevi’s Acharya this month and he is keen to complete his portions for the film by February. He plays a crucial role in the film and Charan will be seen during the flashback portions in Acharya. Ram Charan plays a freedom fighter Alluri Seetharama Raju in RRR that is directed by SS Rajamouli. Both RRR and Acharya will hit the screens this year.

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319 new corona cases, 308 more recoveries in Andhra

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Andhra Pradesh registered 319 new coronavirus cases on Friday, taking the state’s tally to 8.84 lakh, even as 308 more patients recovered from the infection.

Krishna district accounted for highest 46 infections in the past 24 hours, followed by Chittoor (44), Guntur (39), West Godavari (27), and East Godavari and Kurnool (26 each), Visakhapatnam (25), Nellore (23), Anantapur (22), Srikakulam (12), Prakasam (10), and Vizianagaram (5).

East Godavari district has so far recorded the highest infections of more than 1.23 lakh.

Andhra Pradesh’s positivity rate fell to 7.24 per cent, which is still higher than the national average of 5.84 per cent.

Meanwhile, one more fatality in the past 24 hours took the state’s COVID-19 death toll to 7,127.

The recoveries now total 8.74 lakh in the state, narrowing the gap between total cases and recoveries.

With 59,671 more tests, the total corona tests conducted in Andhra Pradesh so far have crossed 1.22 crore.

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T’gana to finalise Covid vaccine distribution plan on Jan 11

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The government of Telangana will finalise an action plan for administering Covid-19 vaccine in the state on January 11.

Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao has convened a meeting with all ministers and district collectors to discuss the distribution of vaccine.

The meeting will also discuss the coronavirus situation and measures taken to contain its spread. Administering of the corona vaccine to the people will also be discussed at the proposed meeting. An action plan will be finalised at the meeting on distributing the vaccine to all the regions and administering the vaccine to the people on a prioritised method, said the Chief Minister’s Office.

The Chief Minister will also take a decision on reopening of the educational institutions in the state.

The meeting will discuss and decide when to reopen the classes, from which standard classes should begin and how to manage the classes. The CMO said the meeting will review the method followed in other states.

The meeting will also discuss several important issues of Revenue, Panchayat Raj, Medical and Health, Municipal, Education, Forestry and other departments and take decisions.

The Chief Minister recently held a meeting with senior officials and collectors on issues relating to the Revenue department. At the January 11 meeting, revenue matters like mutations, Sada Bainamas regularisation, setting up of the tribunals and other related issues would be discussed. The meeting will finalise the action plan to solve all the revenue issues speedily.

The meeting will review the implementation of ‘Palle Pragathi’ and ‘Pattana Pragathi’ programmes. The meeting will discuss whether the funds are being given on time and how they are being utilized. A review will also be done on the progress of works under Palle Pragathi and Pattana Pragathi programmes.

The implementation of the Haritha Haram programme aimed at increasing the green cover in the state will also be reviewed. Discussion will also take place on the measures taken to increase the green cover in the villages and urban areas and the programmes to be taken up in future.

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Telangana urges Centre to allocate additional doses of Covid vaccine

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With Covid-19 vaccines all set to be rolled out, the Telangana government has urged the Centre to allocate additional doses to the state.

The request was made by Health Minister E. Rajender on Thursday during a video conference Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan had on preparedness for carrying out another Covid vaccine dry run in the state.

Rajender told the central minister that since the vaccines are being manufactured in Hyderabad, Telangana deserves to get more allocation, and that additional supplies to Telangana would help the state vaccinate cover more high-risk groups.

He said that the additional supplies will enable the state to inoculate not just healthcare workers but other frontline workers like grade four employees in hospitals, sanitation staff, police personnel and people above 60 years.

Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech has developed Covaxin, which is one of the two vaccines approved for emergency use by Drug Controller General of India five days ago.

Health officials expect the vaccine to be available in a week’s time. They have identified around 80 lakh beneficiaries for the first phase of vaccination. They include healthcare workers, municipal and sanitation staff, people above the age of 50 years irrespective of their medical condition, and people under the age of 50 years with co-morbidities. Since the vaccine would be given in two doses, the state would require 1.6 crore doses in the first phase.

Rajender had earlier said there are indications that the Central government would issue five lakh doses after the dry run. It would be followed by 10 lakh doses, and then one crore doses.

Meanwhile, the state has made all arrangements for second phase of dry run on Friday. The process will be conducted at around 1,200 centres across the state.

Rajender informed Harsh Vardhan that the health officials were facing technical glitches in the Co-Win software, an integral part of the Covid vaccine roll-out initiative. The officials are facing problems in enrolling the names of beneficiaries.

Harsh Vardhan assured the state minister that the software glitches will be addressed immediately.

A dry run was earlier conducted at seven sites in Hyderabad and Mahabubnagar last week.

Covaxin, India’s indigenous Covid vaccine by Bharat Biotech, has been developed in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) – National Institute of Virology (NIV). This indigenous, inactivated vaccine is developed and manufactured in Bharat Biotech’s BSL-3 (Bio-Safety Level 3) bio-containment facility in Hyderabad.

The Phase 3 human clinical trials of Covaxin began mid-November. This is India’s first and only Phase 3 efficacy study for a Covid-19 vaccine, and the largest phase 3 efficacy trial ever conducted for any vaccine in India.

In September last year, Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao had assured the Assembly that his government will ensure that Telangana, as the home state, get priority in supply of Covid-19 vaccine as and when it is manufactured by Bharat Biotech.

He had stated that the government will talk to the company and will ensure that Telangana gets priority.

“We will talk to Bharat Biotech. Definitely, it’s a home state and if vaccines are made here, we will get first priority. There should be no doubt. We are ensuring this,” he said.

The Chief Minister gave the assurance when All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leader Akbaruddin Owaisi raised the issue

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New Covid case outnumber recoveries in AP, tally reaches 88.3 lakh

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Andhra Pradesh registered 377 new Covid cases, increasing the state’s tally to 88.3 lakh, even as 278 more patients recovered from the virus on Tuesday.

Chittoor district accounted for the highest number (82) of cases in the past 24 hours, followed by Krishna (66), Guntur (60), Visakhapatnam (41) and West Godavari (27).

Among other places, East Godavari and Kadapa (21 each), Nellore (17), Anantapur and Srikakulam (11 each), Vizianagaram (9), Prakasam (6) and Kurnool (5).

With the addition of new cases, East Godavari continues to be the district which has seen the highest number of infections at more than 1.23 lakh.

Andhra Pradesh’s positivity rate fell to 7.33 per cent, which is still higher than the national average of 5.87 per cent.

Meanwhile, four more patients succumbed to the virus in the past 24 hours, raising the state’s Covid death toll to 7,122.

With 278 more people getting cured, the total number of recoveries rose to 8.73 lakh, narrowing the gap between total infections and recoveries.

With 51,420 more tests, the total number of Covid tests conducted in Andhra Pradesh crossed 1.2 crore on Tuesday.

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Corona recoveries cross 2.80-lakh mark in Telangana

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Covid-19 recoveries in Telangana crossed the 2.80-lakh mark on Sunday as 574 more patients recovered during the last 24 hours, even as the state reported 394 new cases.

Even as the total tally increased to 2,87,502, the active cases dropped further to 5,388, including 3,210 in home or institutional isolation.

The recoveries now total 2,80,565 in Telangana, which has a recovery rate of 97.58 per cent as against a national average of 96.1 per cent.

Three more Covid-19 fatalities during the last 24 hours took the state’s death toll to 1,549. The fatality rate remained 0.53 per cent as against a national average of 1.4 per cent.

According to Director of Public Health and Family Welfare, 44.96 per cent deaths were due to Covid-19 and 55.04 per cent had comorbidities.

As many as 40,190 samples were tested — 36,875 in government and 3,315 in private labs.

There are 18 government and 56 private laboratories and 1,076 Rapid Antigen test centres in the state.

Samples tested per million population ratio rose further to 1,87,842.

Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation reported 81 new cases, the fifth time in a week when it has registered less than 100 new cases.

Rangareddy district followed with 36 new cases, Medchal Malkajgiri (29), Karimnagar (29), Warangal Urban (16), and Bhadradri Kothagudem (15).

Over 90 per cent beds in government and private hospitals treating Covid-19 patients in Telangana remained vacant.

Out of 8,577 beds available in 61 government hospitals treating Covid-19 patients, 7,779 beds are vacant. A total of 798 patients were undergoing treatment in these hospitals.

Similarly, in 219 private hospitals treating Covid-19 patients, only 1,380 of the 7,790 beds are occupied.

The data shows that 63.9 per cent of positive cases so far were aged between 21 and 50, 22.91 per cent aged above 51, and 13.18 per cent below 20.

Of the total cases, 60.44 per cent were males and 39.37 per cent females.

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