Kurnool: The Kurnool district collector commended the efforts of health care workers and officials at the forefront of the fight against coronavirus after the district reported no COVID-19 deaths on 25 August.

G.Veerapandian, the district collector, said, “After a long time, our district has reported no COVID-19 deaths. It is due to our team effort. I appreciate all those who have worked tirelessly in making this happen. Keep up the same vigilance and provide effective patient care to all those admitted to COVID hospitals in the district.”

Kurnool also has the highest recovery rate in Andhra Pradesh at 81.65 per cent. So far, 39,319 people have tested positive for the virus of which 32,437 have recovered. Kurnool now has 6,545 active cases.

Speaking to NewsMeter, the district health officer, Dr. M.Veerashekar, said Kurnool reported a higher number of cases because it conducted more tests. “Our staff members go to every household to conduct tests, especially for people who are more vulnerable like people with comorbid conditions. We are also collecting samples at a very fast pace and the collector is directly supervising it.”

Dr. G. Narendra Nath Reddy, the medical superintendent of the Government General Hospital in Kurnool, said, “We classify COVID-positive patients into two groups – 'A' and 'B' - depending on the severity of the case. Even after a patient recovers, in case of any comorbid condition, we keep them in the hospital under observation as they are very vulnerable and pose a higher risk of fatality.”

Ashish Bhosale

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