Hyderabad: Out of 61,266 tests conducted on April 25 by Andhra Pradesh only 1.66 percent of the cases tested positive, the State government said. The percentile is less compared to states like Maharashtra with 7.16% of patients turning out to be positive among the total number tested.

Special chief secretary medical and health K.S. Jawahar Reddy, speaking to the media said that the health department officials are trying to provide advanced treatment for the COVID-19 cases to overcome emergency situations. For this the officials will use nearly 1,900 pulse oximeters in all COVID hospitals to help in monitoring the oxygen level of patients.

Apart from this, Mr Reddy said that the State has recruited around 1,170 new medical staff specially for COVID-19 cases and deployed them in various districts of Andhra in different batches depending on the severity of the pandemic in the districts. “In addition to this, as many as 22,600 people including NCC, NSS, pharmacists and the general public have come forward and registered for voluntary services. We are extremely overwhelmed and thankful for this huge response from the public,” he added.

The State has recorded 81 new cases in the past 24 hours, of which 52 cases were added by just Krishna district.

The telemedicine services which are being provided by the government amidst the lockdown will also run as usual assured the Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy.

The total number of positive coronavirus cases in Andhra as of April 26 has reached 1,097 cases, out of which 835 are active, 231 have been discharged and 31 succumbed to the virus.

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