- There are 781 active cases of Coronavirus in Andhra Pradesh, out of which 249 are in Kurnool.
- So far, 145 patients have recovered, including an 85-year-old woman from Anantapur.
- A majority of the the cases are from Kurnool, Guntur, Nellore and Krishna districts.
Andhra Pradesh has reported 62 new cases of Coronavirus on April 24, taking the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 955. Out of the 955 Coronavirus patients in the state, a majority of the patients had either attended the Tablighi Jamaat meeting in Nizamuddin or had come in contact with someone who attended the meeting.
Andhra Pradesh has reported 2 new deaths in the state on April 24, taking the total toll in the state to 29. The state nodal officer has reported that a patient from Krishna district has succumbed to the disease.
Several states across the country are on alert due the increasing Coronavirus cases among the people who had visited the Nizamuddin congregation. As per reports, around 2,000 people from across the country had attended the event.
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The Andhra Pradesh government has been releasing bulletins on Twitter. Apart from information about the steps taken by the government to control the disease, information about the patients, including their recent travel history is also posted here.
YSRCP MP, MLA hold tractor rally, violates lockdown
A legislator of the ruling YSR Congress Party in Andhra Pradesh allegedly violated lockdown norms by organising a tractor rally to distribute groceries in the Nellore district.
Kiliveti Sanjeevaiah, YSRCP legislator from Sullurupeta in Nellore district, led a rally with more than two dozen tractors on Wednesday to distribute the essentials among people in 59 villages. YSRCP MP Vemireddy APrabhakar Reddy and the MLA flagged off the rally with large banners showing pictures of Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, the MLA and other leaders.
The MP, the MLA and the local leaders also posed for photograph while distributing aid. The participants allegedly violated prohibitory orders and didn’t maintain social distancing, a must to check the spread of coronavirus.
AP to focus on 4 districts emerging as Covid-19 hotspots
The Andhra Pradesh government is turning its attention to the four districts of Kurnool, Guntur, Krishna and Nellore, which have reported the lion’s share of cases.
At the review meeting on April 21, Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy called for increasing the number of Covid-19 tests as part of the offensive against the pandemic.
The government has taken a decision to convert the GGH in Kurnool into a Covid-19 hospital. The non-Covid-19 patients in the hospital would be shifted to other hospitals.
5,508 Covid-19 tests conducted in a day
The Andhra Pradesh government has claimed that its doctors had set a record by conducting 5,508 Covid-19 tests a day, taking the second place among states conducting maximum number of tests per million.
The doctors achieved the record on April 18 even without using the rapid test kits, which are now available in the state. This was revealed at a review meeting, held by Chief Minister Y.S Jagan Mohan Reddy on the containment of coronavirus.
South Korean rapid testing kits land in AP, CM tests negative
Apart from officially flagging off the rapid testing kits imported from South Korea on Friday, Andhra Pradesh chief minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy also underwent the Covid-19 test. When the results came about ten minutes later, everyone breathed a sigh of relief when Jagan Mohan Reddy tested negative for coronavirus.
The state will also breathe easier as the introduction of the fast-action test kits will mean quicker results and consequently better chances of treatment and containment.
Woman refuses entry to husband without Covid-19 test
The surging fears and stigma over coronavirus infection forced a woman in Andhra Pradesh to refuse entry to her husband in the house, till he underwent Covid-19 test.
The incident occurred in Venkatagiri in Nellore district when the man stuck in Nellore since the lockdown began finally returned to his hometown.
The man, working in a gold shop in Nellore, was stranded there since lockdown was enforced last month. He finally succeeded in reaching Venkatagiri on Wednesday. However, his wife asked him to first undergo the screening for coronavirus before entering the house.
Government to buy 16 crore masks
The Andhra Pradesh government here on Sunday decided to provide protective masks to every resident to block spread of coronavirus and ordered procurement of 16 crore masks.
Four medical personnel test positive
Four healthcare personnel in Andhra Pradesh’s Anantapur district on Wednesday tested positive for Coronavirus.All the four employees, two of them said to be doctors, had treated a 68-year-old patient, who died of Coronavirus at Government General Hospital in Anantapur town on March 26.
As many as 29 healthcare staff of the hospital who had attended on the patient were quarantined.
Government reaches out to private hospitals for ventilators
As part of its measures to ensure appropriate treatment, the state government has reached out to private hospitals to augment the availability of ventilators. The nodal officer said that the government has decided to shift ventilators at private hospitals, coming under the ambit of the state ‘arogyasri’ health scheme, to the state-run Coronavirus hospitals.
Chief Minister urges Tablighi Jamaat attendees to come for tests
Stating that there is no stigma attached to people affected by COVID-19 as it is similar to any other infection that can be easily cured if timely treatment is obtained, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy urged all those who travelled to the Tablighi Jamaat event in Delhi, their family members and their contacts to come forward for medical tests. He added that several of the people who have tested positive in the state had a Delhi connection.
He disclosed that 1,085 people from the state had attended the Nizamuddin Markaz event.
Andhra Pradesh government to reduce lockdown relaxation in urban areas
The Andhra Pradesh government on Sunday decided to reduce relaxation in the lockdown by two hours in urban areas as part of new measures to contain the spread of coronavirus. The people in urban areas can now buy the essential commodities from 6 am to 11 am against 6 am to 1 pm. The relaxation is rural areas will continue from 6 am to 1 pm.
Government orders shops to close at 6 pm
The Andhra Pradesh government has asked citizens to stay indoors and directed that only one person per family should go out to get essential items. Shops in the state have been asked to operate only till 6 pm every day.
Almost 30,000 people are under surveillance
According to the government, almost 30,000 foreign returnees are currently under surveillance. In addition to these returnees, another 30,000 people have been asked to isolate themselves at home.
As of March 30, Andhra Pradesh has tested 649 samples, out of which 23 were found positive for Coronavirus and results of 100 people are pending. The state has a capacity to conduct 240 tests per day.