Visakhapatnam: Over 100 students and faculty members of Andhra University Engineering College tested positive for Covid 19 on Sunday.

Those who tested positive include 96 boys, one girl, and five faculty members. The engineering college hostel was converted into an isolation block to prevent the spread of the virus.

According to District Medical and Health Officer PS Suryanarayana, all the infected students were asymptomatic and their health condition was being closely monitored.

Minister for Tourism Muttamsetti Srinivasa Rao (Avanti) held a review meeting with the Andhra University vice-chancellor and other senior officials in the presence of Mayor G Hari Venkata Kumari at the university registrar's office on Sunday.

The minister said 550 super-specialty beds were kept ready in CSR Block in King George Hospital and another 600 in VIMS Hospital.

University vice-chancellor Prof PVGD Prasad Reddy, Andhra Medical College Principal Dr. PV Sudhakar, District Medical and Health Officer Dr. P Suryanarayana and university registrar Prof K Krishnamohan were present in the meeting.

Dr. Sudhakar said sporadic cases were being reported from the peripheral areas of Visakhapatnam which include Madhuravada, Arilova, Pendurthy, Vepagunta and Gajuwaka.

He said people lowered their guard and thronged crowded places despite the advisories. He appealed to people to get vaccinated.

Another official said fishing harbor, tourist spots, cinema halls and shopping complexes can prove breeding ground for the infection.

Andhra Pradesh recorded the highest single-day spike on Sunday with 1,005 new cases. The total number of cases has reached 8,98,815. The death toll increased to 7,205 with two more deaths on Sunday.

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