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Telangana’s COVID-19 tally crosses 22,000 mark

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The COVID-19 cases in Telangana crossed 22,000 mark on Saturday with 1,850 people testing positive during the last 24 hours, health officials said.

For a second consecutive day, Telangana reported over 1,800 coronavirus cases. With a record single-day spike in cases, the state on Friday crossed 20,000 mark, overtaking both Rajasthan and West Bengal in terms of total number of infections so far.

With Saturday’s figure, the state’s tally mounted to 22,312.

Telangana also reported five deaths, taking the death toll to 288.

Of the new cases recorded on Friday, hotspot Greater Hyderabad alone recorded 1,572 cases.

According to the health department, 6,427 samples were tested during the last 24 hours. This is the highest number of tests to be conducted in a single day. With this the state has so far conducted over 1.10 lakh tests.

Telangana also saw 1,342 people recovering from the disease. Officials said the cumulative figure of recoveries mounted to 11,537.

A total of 10,487 people are undergoing treatment in hospitals or at home.

Meanwhile, Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar said the state has ramped up COVID-19 testing facilities.

He told Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba during the latter’s video conference with all the state chief secretaries that after the Central team’s visit to Telangana, the state ramped up testing facilities and working on enforcing surveillance in containment zones.

The Cabinet Secretary underlined that the focus should be on keeping the number of deaths as low as possible. The Chief Secretaries should personally review and take stock of the personal protection equipment, availability of N95 masks, clinical management and other infrastructural issues, he said.

Meanwhile, Director of Public Health and Family Welfare, G. Srinivas Rao said currently 13 laboratories were conducting daily 6,500 tests while five more laboratories would start conducting the tests soon.

The official said 13 private laboratories were issued notices for discrepancies in the testing data.

He said the private labs had the capacity to conduct 8,000 tests every day and some of them were doing more tests than their capacity which could have led to discrepancies.

The official said the COVID-19 patients were undergoing treatment in Gandhi Hospital, Fever Hospital, King Koti Hospital and Chest Hospital, all in Hyderabad. Critical patients were being treated in Gandhi Hospital.

The hospitals have 2,501 beds and of them 1,034 were occupied.

As many as 6,556 people who tested positive were in home isolation and they were being treated through telemedicine.

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With 765 new cases, Andhra’s Covid tally swells to 17,699

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Andhra Pradesh reported on Saturday that 765 samples tested positive during the tests conducted in the last 24 hours ending 9 a.m. The latest single-day tally takes the cumulative figures of Covid-19 cases to 17,699, including cases detected among returnees from other states and foreign countries.

A comparatively low number of tests were conducted during this period. In contrast to the 38,898 tests conducted on Friday, only 24, 962 tests were conducted in the preceding 24 hours. The state has conducted 9,96,573 tests till date.

Health officials said that 311 persons were cured and discharged from different hospitals on Saturday. While 9,473 affected persons are currently being treated in the hospitals, the cumulative tally of cured persons now stands at 8,008.

The death toll over the past 24 hours climbed up significantly with 12 casualties reported from different parts of the state on Saturday. Kurnool and Srikakulam reported 3 deaths each, followed by Visakhapatnam and Chittoor (2 each), and Kadapa and Vizianagaram (1 each).

The Covid death toll in Andhra Pradesh stands at 218 as on Saturday.

Yet again, Anantapur recorded the highest single-day tally with 127 cases, followed by Kurnool (118), East Godavari (102), Kadapa (73), Krishna (70), Chittoor (67) and Guntur (60).

On Saturday too, returnees from Telangana contributed significantly to the tally of new Covid cases. Of the 32 new cases that were reported in this category, 23 were detected among Telangana returnees.

Three Covid positive samples belonged to returnees from Delhi, while 2 were from West Bengal. Till date, 2,143 domestic returnees have tested positive for Covid-19.

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What’s Tollywood doing these days

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The coronavirus pandemic made all the celebrities restrict themselves to their homes. Though some of them wanted to resume the shoots in June and July, they had to quit their plans after the rise in the number of cases. Chiranjeevi is spending time with his family and is waiting for the situation to calm down. Balakrishna is spending time in Basavatarakam Cancer Hospital and will return to work next year. Venkatesh and Nagarjuna are not ready to take any risk and will start shoots only after the vaccine arrives.

Pawan Kalyan is all set to take up Chaturmasya Deeksha for four months. Mahesh Babu is working out on a regular basis and is spending time with family. NTR and Ram Charan are keeping themselves fit and are waiting to return back to the sets of RRR at the earliest. Prabhas and Varun Teja are sweating out hard to return back fit. Allu Arjun is working on his looks for Pushpa and is listening to new scripts. Young actors Nani, Naga Chaitanya, Ram are in touch with various filmmakers and are lining up films. Rana Daggubati is working on various web-based projects which will be made on Suresh Productions.

Nithiin is all set to tie the knot and the celebrations will begin soon. Ravi Teja, Sharwanand, Akhil and others are utilizing the unexpected break and are in relaxing mode. Most of the directors are revising their scripts and are focused on the post-production works. Some of them are working on new scripts and are interacting with their teams through conference calls. As of now all the celebrities are at home and waiting for the situations to calm down to return back to work.

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With record jump of 1,892 cases, Telangana crosses 20K mark

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With a record single-day spike in Covid-19 cases, Telangana on Friday crossed 20,000 mark, overtaking both Rajasthan and West Bengal in terms of total number of infections so far.

A day after recording 1,213 cases, the state touched a new high of 1,892 positive cases, pushing its tally to 20,462.

Telangana has now climbed to the sixth position in the list of states with most cases.

The state also reported eight deaths, taking the death toll to 283.

Of the new cases recorded on Friday, hotspot Greater Hyderabad alone recorded 1,658 cases, which is also the steepest single-day jump.

According to the director of public health and family welfare, 5,965 samples were tested during the last 24 hours. This is the highest number of tests to be conducted in a single day. With this, the state has crossed one lakh mark in the cumulative number of tests done.

The state also saw 1,126 people recovering from the disease. Officials said the cumulative figure of recoveries mounted to 10,195.

A total of 9,984 people are undergoing treatment in hospitals or at home.

New cases were reported from 24 out of 33 districts in the state. While Greater Hyderabad continued to be the worst-affected, Rangareddy and Medchal district bordering the state capital registered 56 and 44 cases.

In a big spike, 41 cases were reported from Warangal rural district. Sangareddy, Nalgonda and Mahabubnagar districts also reported the cases in double figures.

Meanwhile, the Health Department has decided to hold the data of one of the private laboratories after it reported an extremely high sample positivity rate. “The said lab has reported 2,672 positive cases against 3,726 total samples tested. The Positivity rate is 71.7 per cent which is a gross variation and discrepancy in the notified positivity rate of Covid-19 till date. The tested negatives are only 962 out of 3,726 samples. The issue needs to be evaluated by an expert committee and until then the data of the said lab has been kept under abeyance,” said the bulletin.

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Corona effect: JEE & NEET exams put off

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For the second time, the Union HRD Ministry on Friday put off the JEE and NEET exams in wake of outbreak of the corona virus.

The JEE examination will be held between September 1 to 6, JEE advanced exam will be held on September 27 and National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) examination will be held on September 13. A decision to this effect was taken in Friday following the recommendations of an expert panel set by the Union HRD Ministry.

In a Tweet, HRD minister Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank wrote, “Keeping in mind the safety of students and to ensure quality education we have decided to postpone #JEE & #NEET examinations. JEE Main examination will be held between 1st-6th Sept, JEE advanced exam will be held on 27th Sept & NEET examination will be held on 13th Sept.”

Earlier, the exams were postponed in May. The postponement has ended the suspense and provided the much needed relief to more than 25 lakh students appearing for the exams and also to their parents.

The postponement is keeping in mind the safety of the students, the HRD minister said.

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Telangana Home Minister recovers from Covid-19

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Telangana Home Minister Mohammed Mahmood Ali, who had tested positive for Covid-19, was discharged from a corporate hospital on Friday.

The minister’s son and grandson, who too were undergoing treatment at the same hospital, have also recovered.

Ali was admitted to the hospital on June 28 after he tested positive. The next day, his son and grandson were also admitted.

The minister thanked all those who prayed for his health. He expressed his gratitude to Chief Minister K.Chandrasekhar Rao, Aother ministers and Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) leaders.

The minister also thanked Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan, public representatives of the state and the leaders of all the parties who spoke to him over the phone while in the hospital.

Ali also expressed special thanks to Apollo Hospital doctors and staff who treated him carefully.

Advising people to be cautious about corona disease, he, however, urged people not to be afraid to seek treatment as soon as symptoms appear.

The Home Minister suggested to people not to drink cold water, eat only homemade food, do exercise regularly and to maintain physical distance.

Ali is the only state minister to test positive for Covid-19. Earlier, three legislators of the ruling TRS had also tested positive.

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837 new corona cases in Andhra, total nears 17K

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Andhra Pradesh reported 837 more coronavirus cases in the 24 hours ending 9 am on Friday, taking the state’s corona vases to 16,934, the state nodal officer said. Eight deaths reported from different parts of the state took the state’s death toll to 206.

Health officials said that 258 more patients were cured and discharged from hospitals on Friday, taking the tally of cured persons to 7,632.

As many as 9,096 persons are recieving treatment for Covid-19 at different hospitals in Andhra Pradesh.

As many as 38,898 tests were conducted in the preceding 24 hours, taking the overall number of tests conducted till date to 9,71,611 till date.

On Friday, Kurnool reported 4 deaths, Chittoor 2 deaths and Krishna and East Godavari districts 1 death each in the last 24 hours.

Anantapur reported the highest daily tally of 149 cases, followed by Prakasam with 139, and Kurnool with 116 cases. Guntur with 80 cases, West Godavari with 57 cases, East Godavari with 56 cases and Visakhapatnam with 54 cases.

On Friday, 27 returnees from Telangana were among the new cases, apart from 9 returnees from Karnataka, and 3 from Delhi. Two cases each from Rajasthan and West Bengal were reported while 1 case was reported from Tamil Nadu. Till date, 2,111 returnees from other states have tested corona positive.

Only two new cases were reported among foreign returnees on Friday — one person with travel history to Saudi Arabia and a returnee from Singapore. The total patients in this category are 409, of which 160 persons were cured. As many as 249 persons in this category are undergoing treatment in hospitals.

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Covid-19 tally in Andhra Pradesh crosses 16,000

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The number of Covid-19 cases in Andhra Pradesh crossed 16,000 on Thursday with 845 people testing positive during the last 24 hours, health officials said.

The state also reported five fatalities, pushing the death toll to 198. Srikakulam, Krishna, Guntur, Anantapur and Kurnool reported one death each.

According to the media bulletin by the State Command Control Room, 14,285 samples were tested during the last 24 hours. Of them, 845 tested positive. It included four returnees from abroad and 29 from other states.

The health department said 281 people were discharged from hospitals, taking the number of recoveries to 7,313.

At present, 8,586 patients were undergoing treatment — 6,673 in hospitals and 1,913 in COVID care centres.

Among districts, Kurnool remained the worst-affected with 2,120 cases, including 75 added during the last 24 hours. With 1,823 cases, Anantapur has the second highest number. The district reported 134 new cases, the highest daily jump among all districts. Krishna district has 1,594 cases, including 75 reported during the last 24 hours.

The state has so far tested 9,32,713 samples, one of the highest in the country.

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‘T’ govt halts Covid-19 tests in private labs

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The Telangana government on Thursday announced that private labs in the state were asked not to conduct Covid-19 tests.

The decision was taken after an expert panel found procedural lapses and lack of proper infrastructure. The expert team also found that the private labs were not following quality standards and certain protocols in conducting Covid-19 tests.

Earlier, the Telangana government had permitted around 18 private laboratories to conduct COVID-19 tests. However, an expert team was constituted to inspect the private labs. The team has raised red flags in connection with the infrastructure, quality standards, procedures and protocols followed at these labs.

Following this, the Telangana government has directed the private labs to stop taking samples for the next four days from July 2 to July 5. The government gave four days time for the private labs to improve their quality standards. Further, the private labs were asked to impart special training to their staff in conducting the Covid-19 tests by following protocols and procedures.

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945 new cases in ‘T’, tally rises to 16,339

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Telangana’s swell of new coronavirus cases continued on Tuesday even as the government is seriously mulling over whether to reimpose lockdown in Greater Hyderabad or enforce stricter measures in hotspot zones in the city.

State health department confirmed 945 new cases of COVID-19 in Telangana in the last 24 hours, raising the state’s total number of confirmed coronavirus infections to 16,339. Of the 945 new cases, a whopping 869 positive cases were reported in GHMC limits.

After the reopening of the economy, the coronavirus spread has been alarming with higher positive-test cases and increasingly strained hospitals. In the last 24 hours, seven succumbed to Covid-19 taking the total fatalities to 260.

The state has been reporting three-digit growth in corona cases despite the measures initiated so far. On Thursday, the state reported 975 new cases taking the corona tally to 15,394 and six new deaths taking the total number of fatalities to 253. The government has attributed the surge in new cases to increased testing capacity. However, it looks like the virus is more widespread than previously thought.

Meanwhile, the Telangana government is expected to finalise a strategy to control the spread of COVID-19 cases in the city following a sharp rise in infections, including a proposal to reimpose a lockdown although many think it is unlikely.

Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao may not reimpose lockdown again in the state. The CM is likely to hold a Cabinet meet and examine all relevant issues before deciding to reimpose lockdown in GHMC limits. The state government seems to be in no mood to reimpose the lockdown although stricter measures could be imposed in hotspots in the city.

Already, minister for education Sabitha Indra Reddy on Tuesday stated that reimposing lockdown to contain the coronavirus outbreak will hurt the informal sector, including street vendors and daily wagers. Many of them would lose their wages during the lockdown because their survival depends on daily cash flows. The lockdown will again bring to halt most of the economic activity that has slowly picked up. Small business owners will be particularly hard hit, she said.

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704 new COVID cases, 7 deaths in Andhra Pradesh

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The number of COVID-19 cases in Andhra Pradesh mounted to 14,595 on Tuesday with 704 people testing positive during the last 24 hours, officials said.

The state also reported seven fatalities, pushing the death toll to 187. Three people succumbed to the virus in Krishna district while two deaths occurred in Kurnool district. Guntur and Anantapur districts accounted for one death each.

According to the media bulletin released by the State Command Control Room, 18,114 samples were tested during the last 24 hours. Of them 704 tested positive. They include five returnees from abroad and 51 migrants from other states.

The health department said 258 people were discharged from hospitals. With this the number of recoveries rose to 6,511.

A total of 7,897 patients were undergoing treatment. While 6,161 were in hospitals, 1,736 were in COVID care centres.

Among districts, Kurnool remained the worst affected with 1,955 positive cases including 82 added during the last 24 hours. With 1,571 cases, Anantapur has the second highest number. The district reported 104 new cases. Krishna district has 1,467 cases including 84 reported during the last 24 hours.

The state has so far tested 8,90,190 samples, one of the highest in the country.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy will flag-off on Wednesday, 1,088 vehicles of ‘108′ and ‘104′ ambulances, equipped with modern life support systems to provide quick and better medical attention.

For the first time, 26 neo-natal ambulances are also going to be inducted into the fleet of 412 new ‘108′ ambulances, where 104 of them are advanced life support vehicles and 282 are basic life support vehicles, officials said.

In addition to these, to cater to the interior and remote villages, 676 Mobile Medical Units (MMU) of 104 emergency service are being introduced.

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Bandla Ganesh is now tested negative with coronavirus

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Tollywood producer Bandla Ganesh was the first to be tested positive with coronavirus from Telugu film fraternity. He himself was left in shock and he went into home quarantine after he was tested positive. The actor and producer got tested recently and the result is now negative. Bandla Ganesh took his official social media handle to share the result of the test conducted in Apollo Hospitals. The test was conducted on June 27th and the result was revealed today.

Tollywood is completely shut after the number of cases got increased. Several trade analysts predict that the shoots of Telugu films will not start this year. Most of the actors are waiting for the arrival of vaccination to resume their work.

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AP Corona cases rose by 400 per cent in 5 weeks: TDP

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The TDP senior leaders, at an online meeting presided by party National President and former Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, condemned the complacent attitude of the YCP Government with regard to Coronavirus preventive measures. They alleged that the virus infections went up by 400 per cent in the past five weeks even as the epidemic was threatening to spread at a faster rate. At such a juncture, instead of creating required awareness, the Chief Minister, Ministers and MLAs themselves were not wearing masks.

On the other hand, there were no facilities for necessary beds and ventilators in hospitals. Even now, the doctors were not being given PPE protection kits.

The TDP leaders deplored that the Government was covering up its failures by making false claims that it has conducted COVID tests on lakhs and crores of people. Lot of confusion was being created among the people. The Government’s negligence went to such an extent that doctors at the ENT Hospital in Visakhapatnam held a protest dharna for not being provided PPE kits. While the whole world was honouring and showering flowers on frontline soldiers like doctors, they were being ill-treated and humiliated in Andhra Pradesh.

Some TDP leaders expressed concern that AP was facing twin dangers to its socio-economic and political life in these dangerous global epidemic times. On the one hand, Coronavirus was doing bio-destruction by paralysing general public life and disrupting people’s earning capacities. On the other hand, the ruling YCP was doing socio-destruction with its insensitive and indifferent mindset towards immediate problems. CM’s negligent comments like in case of paracetamol stirred up controversies even at the national level.

The Opposition leaders pointed out how Dalit doctor Sudhakar was suspended and humiliated in public on Visakhapatnam streets just for asking for PPE kits. Dead body of a Corona patient was carried in a JCB at Palasa in Srikakulam in a very inhuman way.

The TDP leaders blamed the YCP Government for carrying out a misinformation campaign on MSMEs that it was paying Rs. 3,800 Cr dues towards incentives pending since the TDP regime. In fact, the Government was taking back lands from MSMEs. Already, 106 acres were taken back from MSMEs in East Godavari. The Centre has given Rs 3 lakh crore worth package to MSMEs. But, the AP Government was misusing public funds for advertisements for its publicity while releasing Rs 900 Cr to MSMEs in two phases. In one year, YCP has driven away investments worth Rs. 2 lakh crore.
Stating that corruption became rampant, the TDP leaders said both CM Jaganmohan Reddy and MP Vijayasai Reddy were plundering the State by misusing power for their personal advantage. While CM Jagan was promoting his own companies, Vijayasai was extending benefits to his in-laws’ companies. Over Rs 1,300 Cr worth limestone mines and large water reserves were sanctioned for CM’s own company, Saraswati Power. Wrong reports were sent to the Centre that the 25 acres were not Government lands.

The Opposition leaders said the Centre has allocated 0.038 TMC water, but the Government has increased this allocation to 0.07 TMC. First, the Government made water allocation for 5 years but later extended this allocation for a lifetime. Whereas, good industrialists were driven out of the State. Industrialists themselves were saying that ‘Government terrorism changed AP into South Bihar’.

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Telangana govt postpones EAMCET, all entrance exams due to corona

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In a major decision, the Telangana government on Tuesday postponed all entrance examinations. The KCR government informed the High Court that it will not hold the common entrance exams in view of the coronavirus situation after the court asked the government to clarify on Hyderabad lockdown as entrance in the exams are scheduled to be held from tomorrow.

The Telangana EAMCET (Engineering, Agriculture and Medical Common Entrance Test) which was scheduled to be held from July 6 to July 9 was postponed by the government in view of the alarming rise in corona virus cases in the state, especially in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad.

This is the second time that the state government had postponed the EAMCET exam. Earlier, EAMCET which was scheduled to be held in May were put off due to the extension of lockdown.

Further, the Telangana government has also postponed other common entrance exams, including TS Engineering Common Entrance Test (TS ECET) for diploma holders of engineering, technology and pharmacy, TS Physical Education Common Entrance Test (TS PECET) and TS Integrated Common Entrance Test (TS ICET) for admissions into MBA and MCA, LAWCET, PGECET, PGLCET and EDCE as the state had been witnessing an alarming surge in coronavirus cases, with nearly 1,000 new infections per day, prompting the Telangana government to likely reimpose complete lockdown. Telangana is one of several states that has seen a surge in new Covid-19 cases after the state had rolled back complete lockdown.

The Telangana CET 2020, TS Polycet and PG ECET exams were to be held from tomorrow (July 1, 2020).

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975 new corona cases in Telangana, tally at 15,394

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Telangana is seeing an alarming surge in coronavirus cases, with nearly 1,000 new infections per day, prompting the Telangana government to likely reimpose complete lockdown

Telangana is one of several states that has seen a surge in new Covid-19 cases after the state had rolled back complete lockdown. The percentage of positive tests has nearly doubled in the past few weeks.

On Thursday, the state reported 975 new cases taking the corona tally to 15,394 and six new deaths taking the total number of fatalities to 253. Of the 975 new cases, a whopping 861 positive cases were reported in GHMC limits.

After the reopening of the economy, the coronavirus spread has been alarming with higher positive-test cases and increasingly strained hospitals. The state has been reporting a three digit spike in the number of cases each day. Since June 1, the state added at least 9,000 new positive Covid-19 cases. Telangana has quickly become the most closely watched state in the country alongside its neighbouring Andhra Pradesh.

On Monday, Telangana Home minister Mahamood Ali, a known asthamatic, was tested positive for Covid-19. Currently, he is undergoing treatment in Apollo Hospital in Jubilee Hills.

With alarming rise in corona cases, the TRS government may extend lockdown in Hyderabad after June 30 for at least 15 days. Health Minister Etela Rajender on Monday said Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is mulling to impose complete lockdown in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad, which have been reporting the highest number of Covid-19 cases in the state. A decision to this effect will be taken in a Cabinet meeting, he said.

With growing criticism that the state government was not testing enough, Etela Rajender stated that the health administration will accelerate the testing of suspected coronavirus cases, although the measures still fall significantly short of the levels compared to states like Kerala, Rajasthan or even Jharkhand.

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Luv Agarwal meets Somesh Kumar to assess corona measures

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Even as the Telangana government is mulling to reimpose lockdown in Hyderabad for at least 15 days in Greater Hyderabad, a central team led by Joint Secretary, Union Ministry of Health, Medical and Family Welfare, Luv Agarwal on Monday held detailed discussions with Telangana Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar.

The meeting was held to assess the ground situation and suggest measures to contain the spread of Coronavirus in Telangana. The team led by Luv Agarwal visited various facilities in Greater Hyderabad limits including Gandhi Hospital, Telangana Institute of Medical Sciences in Gachibowli to inspect the isolation wards and ICU beds. The team also visited Dobigalli in Dommalguda which was declared as a containment zone.

The Chief Secretary through a video presentation apprised Luv Agarwal of the measures being initiated by the Telangana government to contain the spread of the virus. The central team has asked the state government to strictly undertake steps on a war footing, which includes increase in the institutional quarantine facilities and stringent implementation of containment strategy.

The Chief Secretary informed Luv Agarwal that the Telangana government had readied 17,081 beds and beefed up the medical staff by 4,489. He also told Luv Agarwal that the government had allocated nearly Rs 475 crore to provide basic medical facilities. The central team apprised the Chief Secretary of the measures being initiated in other states. After the meeting, the central team expressed that the initiatives of the Telangana government were satisfactory. This is the third central team to visit Telangana after the state reported the first Coronavirus case in March. An inter-ministerial team had visited the state in April and had expressed satisfaction over the measures taken by the state government.

The central team visit comes in the wake of an alarming rise in infection rates. Telangana is likely to impose lockdown in Greater Hyderabad for at least 15 days. Health Minister Etela Rajender on Monday said Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is mulling to impose complete lockdown in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad, which have been reporting the highest number of Covid-19 cases in the state. A decision to this effect will be taken in a Cabinet meeting, he said.

The state witnessed the highest single-day jump of 1,087 Covid-19 cases on Sunday. The corona tally crossed 14,000 overtaking Madhya Pradesh and Haryana. Of the fresh cases, 888 were reported in Greater Hyderabad which has emerged as the biggest hotspot in the state.

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Corona patient dies in Chest Hospital, records disturbing video

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A corona infected patient undergoing treatment in Hyderabad’s Government Chest Hospital succumbed on Monday morning, but not before taking a video of lack of facilities in the hospital.

Syed of Motinagar, who was admitted to the Government Chest Hospital with the virus, recorded a video of himself. In the shocking and disturbing video, Syed was struggling for breath. In the video, which he had shot inside the ICU of the hospital before he died, and was addressed to his family and friends, Syed said there were no doctors. “Idhar koi nahi hain. Idhar koi nahi hain,” (There is no one here, there is no one here) he was seen as saying in the video.

This is the third incident of a Covid-19 victim taking a video inside the Chest Hospital and Gandhi Hospital before succumbing to the virus.

Earlier, 35-year-old V Ravikumar had shot a video inside the isolation ward of the hospital before he died. In the video, Ravikumar said doctors did not provide him with a ventilator even after he complained of breathing problems. “I have been pleading with them to put me on a ventilator. I am struggling to breathe and feel like my heart has stopped. They are not listening to me. They are not putting me on a ventilator. Bye, daddy. Bye all, bye daddy,” he was seen as saying in the video. A day later, Ravikumar had succumbed to Covid-19. Hospital authorities, however, refuted the allegations and said the patient died after he developed myocarditis. Ravikumar was admitted to the hospital June 24 after he complained of fever and breathlessness.

In Gandhi Hospital, designated as Covid-19 hospital, TV5 crime reporter Manoj shot a video inside the hospital. In the video, he stated that the hospital had failed to provide oxygen. He had succumbed while undergoing treatment at the hospital. “The hospital has failed to provide oxygen. Doctors and paramedic staff are not properly and adequately attending to corona patients. The facilities even in ICU leaves much to be desired,” these are the last words of Manoj. Manoj also recorded the facilities or the lack of it in Gandhi Hospital while he was undergoing treatment. These visuals went viral and created a flutter in social media over the lack of treatment facilities in the hospital. “The hospital management is thinking of shifting me to a private hospital” Manoj had sent the text messages to his well-wishers.

According to doctors, the journalist died of COVID-19 and comorbidities. He was suffering from bilateral pneumonitis and Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS). He was also diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis that paralyses all muscles. Manoj was married just about a year ago and was looking forward to the birth of his first child.

The visuals of Covid-19 patients before they succumbed to the virus has thoroughly exposed the inadequacy of the government hospitals in treating corona patients. Patients and their family members are now worried about whether the hospitals have the wherewithal to provide ventilator and oxygen facilities to patients suffering from coronavirus.

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Lockdown likely in Greater Hyderabad, will ramp up testing: Etela

With an alarming rise in infection rates, Telangana is likely to impose lockdown in Greater Hyderabad for at least 15 days.

Health Minister Etela Rajender on Monday said Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is mulling to impose complete lockdown in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad, which have been reporting the highest number of Covid-19 cases in the state. A decision to this effect will be taken in a Cabinet meeting, he said. The state witnessed the highest single-day jump of 1,087 Covid-19 cases on Sunday. The corona tally crossed 14,000 overtaking Madhya Pradesh and Haryana. Of the fresh cases, 888 were reported in Greater Hyderabad which has emerged as the biggest hotspot in the state.

With growing criticism that the state government was not testing enough, Etela Rajender stated that the health administration will accelerate the testing of suspected coronavirus cases, although the measures still fall significantly short of the levels compared to states like Kerala, Rajasthan or even Jharkhand. As things stand today, the state health administration has so far collected 79,231 samples for COVID-19 testing which is about half the tests conducted by states like Jharkhand. The KCR government had to bear the brunt of Opposition criticism that Telangana has miserably failed to ramp up testing compared to states like Karnataka and Maharashtra.

Etela Rajender defended the government’s approach to testing but said it intended to scale it up, noting that efforts were already substantial.

“We have made extensive arrangements to accelerate testing as per the ICMR guidelines. We have set up corona testing centers and will ramp up testing from tomorrow. We will follow ICMR guidelines,” he stated.

Further, the health minister noted that at least 250 medical workers contracted the virus. “A head nurse succumbed to the virus. About 180 police personnel were tested positive for the virus,” he pointed out.

The health minister also stated that the government had readied 17,500 beds to treat corona patients. “We have supplied oxygen facilities for 3,500 beds. In the next three to four days, we will supply oxygen facilities to another 6,500 beds. Currently, there are only 10 Corona patients who are on ventilators,” he said.

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Hyderabad COVID patient sends heart-wrenching video before death

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A heart-wrenching selfie video of a young COVID patient complaining of negligence by a state-run hospital in Hyderabad and saying goodbye to his father has gone viral over social media.

“Though I told them that I can’t breathe, they removed the ventilator. I am fed up. It’s been three hours, daddy. It’s like my heart has stopped beating. Bye daddy bye. Bye everyone,” said the man in the video.

According to the family of P. Ravi Kumar (34) he died soon after he recorded the selfie video on June 26 at government-run Chest Hospital, where he was admitted on June 24.

Ravi’s father P. Venkateshwarlu said they shared the video so that the world knows what’s happening in hospitals. “No other family should go through this ordeal,” he said.

The hospital authorities, however, denied that there was any negligence. They said he died of cardiac complications.

They said the patient was given medicines and put on supplementary oxygen but he developed heart related complications.

Hospital Superintendent Dr Mahboob Khan clarified that the patient was not put on a ventilator and hence was incorrect to say that it was removed. According to him, Ravi Kumar was suffering from a condition called myocarditis.

Hospital superintendent said this heart related complication is being observed in some younger patients infected by Coronavirus. Such patients die due to lack of oxygen supply to the heart.

The deceased is survived by his wife, a 12-year-old daughter and a nine-year-old son.

After working in Saudi Arabia for 10 years, Ravi Kumar had returned home two years ago and has been living with his parents.

Venkateshwarlu said his son started complaining of breathlessness on June 23. He took him from one hospital to another but no one admitted him. “We went to 11 hospitals but they refused to admit without a Coronavirus test,” he recalled.

The next day he took Ravi to a private lab and gave a sample for COVID-19 test. The same night his condition started worsening and his father took him to Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS) but authorities there told him to go to Chest Hospital. He was finally admitted to that hospital.

Venkateshwarlu was staying in the hospital premises. He said his son sent him a selfie video late on the night of June 26. He watched this around 2.30 a.m. and went inside the ward but by then his son had breathed his last.

The next day hospital authorities handed over the body to the family and they performed the last rites. The report, which came later in the day, showed him to be COVID positive. Authorities quarantined his family members and were gathering information about 30 people who attended the funeral.

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Andhra reports record 796 cases, 11 deaths in a single day

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With every passing day, Covid-19 cases continue to pummel Andhra Pradesh. On Saturday, for the second time in as many days, the state reported its highest ever single-day tally of 796 cases in the last 24 hours.

The update which includes returnees from other states and overseas, takes the overall tally of Covid-19 cases in Andhra Pradesh to 12,285.

The state nodal officer reported that 24,458 samples were tested for the virus during the 24-hour period, ending 9 a.m. on Saturday.

Till date, the state has conducted tests on 8,16,082 samples. On Saturday, 263 persons were cured and discharged from hospitals in the state. The tally of cured persons now stands at 5,480 while 6,648 persons are currently undergoing treatment for the infection.

With 11 persons reported dead from different districts, the death toll in Andhra Pradesh climbed to 157. Four each were reported from Kurnool and Krishna districts, while 1 death each was reported from East Godavari, West Godavari and Vizianagaram districts.

Of the 13 districts in the state, 12 districts reported fresh cases during the preceding 24 hours. Anantapur district reported the highest tally of 161 cases. East Godavari with 109, and Chittoor with 84 cases followed in the tally list. Other districts include Guntur with 71 cases and Kurnool with 69 cases.

Saturday saw a substantial increase in the number of Covid cases among people returning from other states. Compared to 34 cases on Friday, as many as 51 new cases were detected in this category on Saturday. The majority of cases belonged to Tamil Nadu returnees with 22 positive cases, while 13 of the Covid positive samples belonged to returnees from Telangana and 7 cases from Maharashtra. In addition, 3 cases from Karnataka, 2 cases from Delhi and 1 case each from Gujarat, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Haryana were also detected in the last 24 hours.

As of Saturday, the overall tally of Covid positive persons who returned from other states stands at 1,815. Of this, the active cases tally is 704, while 1,111 persons have recovered till date.

Saturday saw 4 cases from Kuwait returnees and 1 case from the Philippines. (only one case detected from foreign returnees to the state. The cumulative tally of Covid patients in foreign returnees category is 377, while 85 persons have been discharged after getting cured. As of Saturday, 292 persons in this category are undergoing treatment in hospitals.

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