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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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22 members of Telangana family test positive for Covid

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Just when the Covid-19 cases in Telangana appeared to be on a downward trend, as many as 22 members of a family in Suryapet town have tested positive.

Health officials said on Saturday that the family members were found infected after they attended the last rites of a relative a few days ago.

Those tested positive are residents of a gated community in the town. According to District Medical and Health Officer K. Harshvardhan, none of them has any symptoms.

“They are under home isolation. We are monitoring their condition,” he said.

The official also clarified that none of the family members has history of air travel and ruled out their being infected by the new mutant strain of the virus recently found in the UK.

One of the family members, a Tuberculosis patient, tested positive during regular check-ups. Since he had attended the funeral of a relative, others who were present were also alerted.

The health department got Covid test conducted on a group of 38 people and of them 22 were found infected.

This is the first incident after nearly four months in which such a large number of people from one family has tested positive.

Officials said the family members who had gathered for the last rites were related to a 70-year-old man, who did not follow measures such as wearing face mask and physical distancing.

Authorities sounded an alert and collected samples of the neighbours. They also took up sanitsation in the township. The officials said there was no community transmission.

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Varun Tej tested positive for Coronavirus

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Mega hero Ram Charan today morning announced that he is tested positive for coronavirus. Varun Tej is the latest one to announce that he is tested positive for coronavirus. The entire youngsters from Mega family met recently for Christmas after which Ram Charan and Varun Tej are tested positive for coronavirus. The entire Mega family is now taking up coronavirus tests after Charan and Varun are tested positive.

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Covid surveillance, containment guidelines extended till Jan 31

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Despite the declining trend in new Covid-19 cases, the Central government on Monday extended, till January 31 next year, the safety guidelines directing states and Union Territories (UTs) to maintain surveillance and follow containment measures set earlier.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issued the fresh order, extending the earlier guidelines for surveillance in the first month of the new year.

“While there has been a continuous decline in the active and new Covid-19 or coronavirus cases, there is need to maintain surveillance, containment and caution, keeping in view the surge in cases globally, and emergence of a new variant of the virus in the United Kingdom (UK),” the ministry said in a statement.

Accordingly, it said containment zones should continue to be demarcated carefully and prescribed containment measures strictly followed within these zones.

As per the ministry, there is clear direction to promote Covid-19 appropriate behaviour and its strict enforcement.

It also directed the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) prescribed in respect of various permitted activities be followed “scrupulously”.

Therefore, the ministry made it clear that the focused approach on surveillance, containment and strict observance of the guidelines or SOPs issued by it and the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry, as envisaged in the guidelines issued on November 25 this year, need to be enforced strictly by states and UTs.

The fresh order comes at a time when India logged 20,021 fresh Covid-19 infections taking the total number of cases to 1,02,07,871, along with 279 deaths in the last 24 hours, taking the toll to 1,47,901 as per latest data. In the last 24 hours, 21,131 people have recovered, taking the total number of the recovered people to 97,82,669. There are 2,77,301 active cases. The recovery rate stands at 95.83 per cent while the fatality rate is 1.45 as per cent.

The MHA order considers the new strain of the Covid-19 virus which has appeared in the UK. The mutant is said to be 70 per cent more aggressive, according to reports. Flights and other forms of transport to and from the UK have been shut down to avoid the spread of the new mutant.

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4 contacts of UK returnees to Andhra test Covid positive

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Six returnees from the UK to Andhra Pradesh and four of their contacts have so far tested positive for Covid-19, health officials said on Sunday.

In all 1,216 people from the UK returned to Andhra Pradesh and of them 1,187 were traced. Efforts were on to trace the remaining 29.

A total of 1,162 returnees were in quarantine. Six of the returnees found infected by coronavirus. They include two from Guntur district and one each from East Godavari, Krishna, Anantapur and Nellore districts.

Officials also traced 3,282 contacts of UK returnees and sent their samples for testing. Four of the contacts have tested positive. While three are from Guntur district, one person is from Nellore.

The samples of those tested positive were sent to National Institute of Virology, Pune and Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) for genome sequencing to find out if they are infected by the new strain of the virus found in the UK. “We have not yet received the reports,” said an official.

Meanwhile, Andhra Pradesh on Sunday reported 349 new Covid cases, pushing the state’s tally to 8,81,061.

One person succumbed to the virus during the last 24 hours. With this, the death toll rose to 7,094.

According to state command control room, 422 people recovered from the virus during the last 24 hours ending 10 a.m. on Sunday. The cumulative recoveries mounted to 8,70,342.

The number of active cases dropped further to 3,625.

During the last 24 hours, 46,386 tests were conducted. With this, the total number of tests conducted so far rose to 1,16,20,503. Tests per million ratio in the state increased to 2,17,612

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T’gana records 472 new Covid cases taking tally to 2,84,863

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Two more persons succumbed to Covid-19 while 472 new infections were reported in Telangana on Sunday, health officials said.

During the last 24 hours, 472 new positive cases were reported from across the state taking the state’s tally going up to 2,84,863.

The fresh fatalities pushed the state’s tally to 1,531.

The fatality rate remained 53 per cent as against the national average of 1.4 per cent.

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

Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) reported 106 new cases. Medchal Malkajgiri district saw the second highest number of new cases at 45, followed by Rangareddy (44), Nalgonda (23), Mancherial (19), Warangal Urban (18) and Karimnagar (17).

The state saw 509 recoveries during the last 24 hours, taking the cumulative Covid numbers to 2,76,753.

The recovery rate stands at 97.15 per cent as against the national average of 95.8 per cent.

At present, the number of active cases in the state is 6,579, including 4,426 persons who are in home or institutional quarantine.

More than 90 per cent of beds in government-run and private hospitals treating Covid-19 in the state remained vacant.

Of 8,559 beds available in 61 government hospitals treating Covid-19, 7,801 beds were vacant. As many as 758 people were undergoing treatment at these hospitals.

Similarly, in 219 private hospitals treating Covid, only 1,395 beds were occupied. Of 7,783 beds, 6,388 were vacant.

Of the 37,347 tests conducted during the last 24 hours, government-run laboratories accounted for 34,135 while the remaining 3,212 samples were tested in private labs.

The samples tested per million population ratio rose further to 1,80,647.

The daily testing target for the state is 5,600 as per the World Health Organisation (WHO) benchmark of 140 per million per day, officials said.

Eighteen government-run laboratories, 56 private laboratories and 1,076 Rapid Antigen test centres are conducting the tests in the state.

The data shows that 63.9 per cent of those testing Covid positive were between 21 and 50 years. As many as 22.91 per cent were above 51 years. The positive cases include 13.18 per cent who were below 20 years.

Of the overall Covid cases, 60.44 per cent were male and 39.37 per cent female.

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7 UK returnees to Telangana test positive for Covid-19

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Seven travellers from the United Kingdom to Telangana have tested positive for Covid-19, state health officials said on Thursday.

Their samples have been sent to the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) to find out if they had been infected with the new strain of coronavirus.

Officials told state Health Minister Eatala Rajender at a review meeting that those who tested positive are being monitored closely. The health department is also trying to trace those who came in contact with these seven persons.

The Health Minister reviewed the situation in the wake of the concern caused by a new strain of coronavirus found in the UK.

Officials said that 1,200 people reached Telangana either directly from the UK or travelled through the UK since December 9. The health department identified 846 people and conducted tests on them. Seven of them have tested positive. They said those who tested negative are also being monitored.

The Health Minister urged the people to be alert in view of the warning by health experts that the new strain of coronavirus can spread rapidly.

He appealed to the people to limit Christmas and New Year celebrations to their homes and take all precautions suggested by the government to check the spread of the virus. He urged people not to forget wearing masks, maintaining social distance and washing their hands frequently.

Rajender said that since vaccine is being seen as the only way to eliminate the fear of coronavirus, the government is making all arrangements to ensure administration of vaccine as and when it is available. He discussed with officials the arrangements for vaccine transportation, storage and distribution.

The minister said 10,000 health personnel are being trained to administer the vaccine. “If they can vaccinate 100 people each, we can administer the vaccine to 10 lakh people every day,” he said.

The government has prepared a plan to vaccinate 70 to 80 lakh people in the first phase. Health, police, municipal and fire personnel and aged people will be covered in the initial phase. The second dose has to be given 28 days after the first dose.

The minister said the required software for vaccine administration programme is ready as he directed the officials to ensure supply of drinking water, tents and chairs at the vaccine centres.

The minister also asked officials to make fool-proof arrangements for the required cold chain, supply of vaccine, training to the personnel and the facilities at the vaccine centres.

The meeting was also attended by health secretary S.A.M. Rizvi, family welfare commissioner Vakati Karuna, medical education director Ramesh Reddy, director of public health Srinivas Rao, Telangana State Medical Infrastructure Development Corporation MD Chandrasekhar Reddy, and member of expert committee on Covid-19, Gangadhar.

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Rakul Preet tested positive for Coronavirus

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Tollywood actress Rakul Preet Singh who is busy with multiple films is tested positive for coronavirus. The actress took her social media page to inform about this. Rakul Preet said that she is completely fine now and she hopes to recover soon and return back to work. Rakul Preet even wanted who is in contact with her to get the tests for coronavirus done. She is currently shooting for May Day along with Amitabh Bachchan and Ajay Devgn in Hyderabad. Wishing the young actress a speedy recovery.

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Andhra logs 479 more Covid cases as recoveries outnumber

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Andhra Pradesh has registered 479 new Covid positive cases, increasing the state’s tally to 8.78 lakh, even as 497 more patients recovered from the virus to outnumber infections on Saturday.

Krishna district accounted for the highest number of cases, 92, in the past 24 hours, followed by Chittoor (87), Guntur (62), East Godavari and Visakhapatnam (47 each).

Among other places, Kurnool (26), Kadapa (23), West Godavari (22), Prakasam (21), Nellore (16), Anantapur and Vizianagaram (13 each) and Srikakulam (10).

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

Andhra Pradesh’s positivity rate fell to 7.84 per cent, but was still higher than the national average of 6.25 per cent.

Meanwhile, four more patients succumbed to the virus in the past 24 hours, raising the state’s Covid death toll to 7,074.

With 497 more people getting cured, the total number of recoveries rose to 8.66 lakh, narrowing the gap between total infections and recoveries.

However, the number of active cases declined to 4,355 in the past 24 hours.

With 62,215 more tests, the total number of Covid tests conducted in Andhra Pradesh crossed 1.11 crore.

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Telangana’s Covid recovery rate crosses 97%

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Telangana’s Covid-19 recovery rate has crossed 97 per cent with 643 people recovering from the virus during the last 24 hours, officials said on Sunday.

The state continues to see more recoveries than daily count of new infections. With the latest recoveries, the cumulative number rose to 2,73,013.

Telangana’s recovery rate of 97.01 per cent is higher than the national average of 95.5 per cent.

The state reported 592 new positive cases during the last 24 hours, taking the tally to 2,81,414.

Three more persons succumbed to the virus during the same period, pushing the toll to 1,513.

The state’s Covid fatality rate remains at 0.53 per cent against the national average of 1.5 per cent.

According to the Director of Public Health and Family Welfare, 44.96 per cent of the deaths were due to Covid while the remaining 55.04 per cent were on account of comorbidities.

The state now has 6,888 active cases and of them 4,719 are in home or institutional isolation.

Over 90 per cent of beds in government-run and private hospitals treating Covid-19 in the state remained vacant.

Out of 8,561 beds available in 61 government hospitals treating Covid, 7,793 beds were vacant. A total of 768 people were undergoing treatment in these hospitals.

Similarly, in 219 private hospitals treating Covid patients, only 1,401 beds were occupied.

Out of 7,920 beds, 6,519 were vacant.

Of the new cases reported during last 24 hours, Greater Hyderabad accounted for 119. The daily count in districts remained in single or double digits.

Medchal Malkajgiri district saw the second highest number of new cases at 70 followed by Rangareddy (57), Warangal Urban (40), Karimnagar (26) and Sangareddy (20).

Of the 41,970 tests conducted during the last 24 hours, government-run laboratories accounted for 38,250 while remaining 3,720 samples were tested in private labs.

Samples tested per million population ratio rose further to 1,73,107.

The daily testing target for the state is 5,600 per day as per the World Health Organisation (WHO) benchmark of 140 per million per day, officials said.
Out of total 2,80,195 positive cases so far, 70 per cent (1,96,990) were asymptomatic while the remaining 30 per cent (84,424) were symptomatic.

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Andhra logs 458 more Covid cases as recoveries outnumber

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Andhra Pradesh has registered 458 new Covid positive cases, increasing the state’s tally to 8.77 lakh, even as 534 more patients recovered from the virus to outnumber infections on Friday.

Chittoor accounted for the highest number of infections, 98, followed by Krishna (78), East Godavari (54), Guntur (41), West Godavari (35) and Anantapur (29).

Among other places, Visakhapatnam (28), Nellore (26), Vizianagaram (19), Kurnool and Srikakulam (13 each) and Prakasam (6).

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

Andhra Pradesh’s positivity rate fell to 7.88 per cent, but was still higher than the national average of 6.28 per cent.

Meanwhile, one more patient succumbed to the virus in the past 24 hours, raising the state’s Covid death toll to 7,070.

With 534 more people getting cured, the total number of recoveries rose to 8.66 lakh, narrowing the gap between total infections and recoveries.

However, the number of active cases declined to 4,377 in the past 24 hours.

With 69,062 more tests, the total number of Covid tests conducted in Andhra Pradesh crossed 1.11 crore.

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Telangana’s Covid tally crosses 2.80 lakh

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Telangana’s Covid-19 tally crossed 2.80 lakh on Friday with 551 new cases reported during the last 24 hours, health officials said.

With the death of another person due to Covid, the death toll mounted to 1,506.

The state’s Covid fatality rate remains at 0.53 per cent against the national average of 1.5 per cent. According to the director of public health and family welfare, 44.96 per cent of the deaths were due to Covid while the remaining 55.04 were on account of comorbidities.

The state continues to record more number of recoveries than new cases. A total of 682 people recovered from the virus, taking the cumulative numbers to 2,71,649.

The recovery rate improved further to 96.94 per cent against the national average of 95.4 per cent.

The state now has 7,040 active cases and of them 4,955 are in home or institutional isolation.

Over 90 per cent of beds in the government-run and private hospitals treating Covid-19 in the state remained vacant.

Out of 8,561 beds available in 61 government hospitals treating Covid, 7,821 beds were vacant. A total of 740 people were undergoing treatment in these hospitals.

Similarly, in 220 private hospitals treating Covid, only 1,345 beds were occupied. Out of 7,920 beds, 6,575 were vacant.

Of the new cases reported during the last 24 hours, Greater Hyderabad accounted for 111. The daily count in districts remained in single or double digits. Rangareddy district saw the second highest number of new cases at 48 followed by Medchal Malkajgiri (42), Warangal Urban (31), Karimnagar (24) and Sangareddy (23).

Of the 47,991 tests conducted during the last 24 hours, government-run laboratories accounted for 44,366 while the remaining 3,625 samples were tested in private labs.

Samples tested per million population ratio rose further to 1,70,725.

The daily testing target for the state is 5,600 per day as per the World Health Organisation (WHO) benchmark of 140 per million per day, officials said

Eighteen government-run laboratories, 56 private laboratories and 1,076 Rapid Antigen test centres are conducting the tests in the state.

Out of total 2,80,195 positive cases so far, 70 per cent (1,96,136) were asymptomatic while the remaining 30 per cent (84,059) were symptomatic.

The data shows that 63.9 per cent of those tested positive so far were aged between 21-50 years. As many as 22.91 per cent were aged above 51 years. The positive cases include 13.18 per cent who were below 20 years.

Of the total cases, 60.44 per cent were male and 39.37 per cent female.

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T’gana logs 509 new Covid cases, recovery rate nears 97%

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A total of 509 new positive cases were detected and three persons died of Covid-19 and comorbidities in Telangana during the last 24 hours. The recovery rate improved to 96.89 per cent against the national average of 95.3 per cent. health officials said on Thursday.

With the fresh fatalities, the death toll mounted to 1,505 while new cases took the state’s tally to 2,79,644.

The state’s Covid fatality rate remains at 0.53 per cent against the national average of 1.5 per cent. According to the director of public health and family welfare, 44.96 per cent of the deaths were due to Covid while the remaining 55.04 were on account of comorbidities.

The state continues to record more number of recoveries than new cases. A total of 517 people recovered from the virus, taking the cumulative numbers to 2,70,967.

The state now has 7,172 active cases and of them 5,063 are in home or institutional isolation.

Over 90 per cent of beds in the government-run and private hospitals treating Covid-19 in the state remained vacant.

Out of 8,561 beds available in 61 government hospitals treating Covid, 7,797 beds were vacant. A total of 764 people were undergoing treatment in these hospitals.

Similarly, in 220 private hospitals treating Covid, only 1,345 beds were occupied. Out of 7,935 beds, 6,590 were vacant.

Of the new cases reported during the last 24 hours, Greater Hyderabad accounted for 104. The daily count in districts remained in single or double digits. Medchal Malkajgiri district saw the second highest number of new cases at 45 followed by Rangareddy (42), Warangal Urban (27), Khammam (25) and Siddipet (19).

Of the 48,651 tests conducted during the last 24 hours, the government-run laboratories accounted for 45,025 while the remaining 3,627 samples were tested in private labs.

Samples tested per million population ratio rose further to 1,69,435.

The daily testing target for the state is 5,600 per day as per the World Health Organisation (WHO) benchmark of 140 per million per day, officials said

Eighteen government-run laboratories, 56 private laboratories and 1,076 Rapid Antigen test centres are conducting the tests in the state.

Out of the total positive cases so far, 70 per cent (1,95,751) were asymptomatic while the remaining 30 per cent (83,893) were symptomatic.

The data shows that 63.9 per cent of those tested positive so far were aged between 21-50 years. As many as 22.91 per cent were aged above 51 years. The positive cases include 13.18 per cent who were below 20 years.

Of the total cases, 60.44 per cent were male and 39.37 per cent female.

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Andhra records 478 more Covid cases, three deaths

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Andhra Pradesh has registered 478 new Covid cases, increasing the state’s tally to 8.76 lakh, even as 715 more patients recovered from the virus on Wednesday.

Chittoor accounted for the highest number of cases (89) in the past 24 hours, followed by West Godavari (63), Krishna (62), East Godavari (58), Guntur (48), Visakhapatnam (44), Anantapur (30), Kadapa (19), Nellore and Vizianagaram (17 each), Srikakulam (13), Prakasam (12) and Kurnool (6).

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

Andhra Pradesh’s positivity rate fell to 7.97 per cent, but was still higher than the national average of 6.34 per cent.

Meanwhile, three more patients succumbed to the virus in the past 24 hours, raising the state’s Covid death toll to 7,067.

With 715 more people getting cured, the total number of recoveries rose to 8.65 lakh, narrowing the gap between total infections and recoveries. The number of active cases stands at 4,420.

With 64,099 more tests, the total number of Covid tests conducted in Andhra Pradesh crossed 1.1 crore.

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Covid infections outnumber recoveries after several days in AP

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For the first time after several days, Coronavirus infections (520) outnumbered recoveries (519) in Andhra Pradesh on Friday, even as the tally reached 8.74 lakh.

However, the difference between infections and recoveries is only one.

Chittoor accounted for the highest number of infections, 108, followed by Krishna (71), West Godavari (69), Guntur (64), East Godavari (59) and Visakhapatnam (34).

Among other places, Anantapur (29), Prakasam (21), Kurnool (20), Nellore (13), Vizianagaram (12), Srikakulam (11) and Kadapa (9).

With the addition of new cases, East Godavari continues to shoulder the highest number of Covid-19 cases at 1.22 lakh.

Andhra Pradesh has a positivity rate of 8.17 per cent, higher than the national average of 6.46 per cent.

Meanwhile, two more patients succumbed to the virus in the past 24 hours, raising the southern state’s Covid death toll to 7,049.

With 519 more people getting cured, the total number of recoveries rose to 8.62 lakh, narrowing the gap between total infections and recoveries.

With 64,425 more tests, the total number of tests conducted in Andhra Pradesh crossed 1.06 crore.

The per million population test figures crossed 2 lakh mark, significantly higher than the national average of 1.09 lakh.

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