Kurnool: Kurnool MP Dr. Sanjeev Kumar, on 26 April, said six of his family members have tested positive for COVID-19. He also hinted that the virus transmission in the country has reached the third stage.

Dr. Kumar said six of his family members, including his 83-year-old father, two brothers and their wives, and one youngster from the family tested positive. “Surprisingly, two of my brothers are doctors and their wives are doctors, too,” he said.

Kurnool district has emerged as a COVID-19 hotbed reporting 279 cases and nine deaths, the highest in the state. The number of cases has been increasing in the district in the past few days.

Dr. Kumar, a YSRCP MP, said his brothers live in the Narasingaraopeta locality in Kurnool and his father stayed with them. All six who tested positive were asymptomatic and none of them have any travel history.

“My father has been undergoing treatment in a Hyderabad hospital and my family members were admitted to the Kurnool government general hospital for treatment,” the MP said, adding “It is difficult to contain the spread of COVID-19 and the focus is on mitigating the deaths. Though there is nothing to be alarmed about, people have to adhere to social distancing and lockdown guidelines.” He said the Andhra government has been taking all measures to deal with the pandemic.

Andhra Pradesh reported the highest single day rise of COVID-19 positive cases on Sunday by 81 (so far the largest spurt in cases in a single day). The number of coronavirus cases in the State increased to 1,097 on Sunday. Fortunately, no COVID-19 deaths were reported on Sunday.

Of the 81 COVID-19 cases, Krishna district reported 52 cases followed by West Godavari at 12 cases, Kurnool at four cases, three cases each in Guntur, Kadapa and Prakasam districts. East Godavari and Anantapur districts registered two cases each.

Kurnool district in the State has emerged as a hot bed of the COVID-19 cases with 279 infections followed by Guntur district at 214 cases and Krishna district 177 cases.

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