GUNTUR/VIJAYAWADA: The state government has put district administrations of Guntur and Nellore on ‘very high alert’ as both the districts reported the highest number of Covid-19 positive cases till Thursday. About 20 people tested positive in both Guntur and Nellore.
The sudden spike in positive cases has been linked to the screening of more people who returned from the religious congregation in New Delhi. Guntur district, which had reported nine positive cases till Wednesday, witnessed a steep jump taking the total number of positive cases to 20, with 11 people testing positive in a single day.
District collector Samuel Anand Kumar reviewed the situation with senior officials.
The spurt in the Covid-19 cases in Guntur city has rattled the civic administration as it had to declare at least 15 municipal divisions of 23 in One Town area as containment zones. The city reported nine cases, the highest from one place in the state. GMC has declared Balaji Nagar, Srinivasa Rao Thota, Kummari Bazar and Dagah Manyam as new containment areas.
Municipal commissioner C Anuradha inspected the containment measures across the city on Thursday. The commissioner said there should not be any lenience in enforcing restrictions in areas declared containment zones. t. Meanwhile, civil supplies department has started door delivery of ration to households in the containment zones.
A similar situation prevails in Nellore district, which reported 20 positive cases. “We are taking all measures to contain the spread of Covid-19. It is not yet time to press the panic button. All the new cases are either Delhi returnees or their primary contacts,” said the district collector MV Seshagiri Babu.
Meanwhile, with the surge in the number of Covid-19 cases, officials declared Tipper Bazaar in Mangalagiri town as a ‘red zone’ on Thursday.
According to police, a 72-year-old resident in Tipper Bazar, who attended Markaz in New Delhi, tested positive on Wednesday night.
He and his family members have been taken to a quarantine centre.
“There has been a positive case in the area and we have barricaded the premises. The person is currently receiving treatment and disinfectants has been sprayed in the area. Absolute curfew measures are being practiced,” Mangalagiri town SI Narayana told TOI.

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