Even as AP is under lockdown, COVID-19 cases spike

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  26 March 2020 4:29 PM GMT
Even as AP is under lockdown, COVID-19 cases spike

Vijayawada: Another person has been tested positive for Corona virus in Andhra Pradesh on 26 March, taking the total number of cases in the state to 11.

A 28-year-old man, who returned to Vijayawada from Stockholm, Sweden, via Delhi on 18 March, was admitted to Government General Hospital in Vijayawada with suspected symptoms of the virus on 25 March. He tested positive on Thursday. This is the third COVID-19 case from Vijayawada.

So far, 360 samples have been tested in Andhra Pradesh, of which 317 were negative, 11 tested positive, and results for 32 samples are pending. Health and family welfare officials said they have been taking all measures to contain the spread of the virus in Andhra Pradesh. They said the state government is looking for doctors, nurses, and para-medical staff to work as volunteers.

Stay where you are, Jagan tells his people

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S Jagan Mohan Reddy has appealed to the people to stay put wherever they are to help fight the Corona virus and assured them that the government is taking all measures.

Addressing the media after a high-level review meeting here on 26 March, he said it will be difficult to track contact points if people move around. "People should stay at home and call helpline numbers 104 for medical emergencies and 1902 for other emergencies. These helplines are active round the clock. If people isolate themselves at home it will be easier to track the infected people and their contact points," he said.

"Eleven positive cases have been reported in the state so far. We have tracked down 27,819 foreign returnees. The government has set put isolation wards and four critical care hospitals. The hospitals and isolation wards are well equipped to meet the requirements but if people follow the three-week self-isolation it would be a great help," he said, adding, 100-bed isolation centers are in place at the constituency-level and officials and ministers are constantly monitoring the situation.

He urged people to unite in the fight against this invisible enemy and appealed to them to cooperate and stay at home till 14 April.

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