Hyderabad: A central public health team will be deployed in Telangana’s Hyderabad district to assist the state government in the implementation of containment measures for Covid-19. The team is one among the 20 central public health teams constituted by the ministry of health & family welfare. The teams will camp in 20 districts that are reporting maximum number of Covid-19 cases in the country.

Hyderabad is the only district in Telangana where a special team would be deployed. Meanwhile, separate teams are also being sent to Krishna, Guntur and Kurnool districts of Andhra Pradesh.

“These teams will support the states in the implementation of containment measures for Covid-19 in the affected areas within these districts/cities,” said a statement from the Centre.

According to the latest health bulletin released by the Telangana health ministry, Hyderabad continues to have the highest number of Covid-19 cases in the state. On May 4 alone, 20 new positive coronavirus cases were reported. Currently, there are a total of 500 plus  coronavirus cases in Hyderabad.

However, there are as many as 17 districts which have not reported even a single case since the last 14 days.

Currently, there are a total of 508 active cases in Telangana and 545 recoveries while 29 people succumbed to the virus.

Meanwhile, in Andhra Pradesh, the total number of active cases has risen to 1,093, with Kurnool, Guntur and Krishna being the worst affected. The total number of active positive cases in Kurnool is currently 395. Kurnool is followed by Krishna with 224 cases and Guntur, 215.

Kurnool also has the highest number of deaths (10) due to coronavirus while Krishna and Guntur registered 8 deaths each.

The other districts where public health teams were deployed by the Centre are Mumbai, Pune, Thane (Maharashtra),  Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara (Gujarat), Delhi (South East) & (Central), Bhopal, Indore (Madhya Pradesh), Jaipur, Jodhpur (Rajasthan), Chennai (Tamil Nadu),  Agra, Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh), Kolkata (West Bengal).

Dheeshma Puzhakkal

Dheeshma Puzhakkal is currently a Reporter with Newsmeter. An alumnus of Hyderabad Central University, she has interned with Greater Kashmir newspaper and NDTV. Dheeshma has also made short films and documentaries. Her documentary ‘Still I Rise’, which is based on sex-trafficking in Hyderabad’s Old City, has earned accolades in several film festivals, such as International Documentary and Short Film Festival, Kerala (IDSFFK). An avid foodie, she loves to travel and listen to stories that others tell. Photography is one of her all-time interests. She has extensively written on satellite-based journalism, health, consumer, and data stories besides covering anti-crime investigative agencies.

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