Vijayawada : Andhra Pradesh breached 10,000 daily Covid-19 cases mark by reporting 10,759 infections on Thursday, highest single-day tally in the past seven months since September 12, 2020. The death toll increased to 7,541 as 31 more people succumbed to the virus on the past 24 hours.
Andhra Pradesh witnessed the highest ever daily positivity rate of 25.69 per cent as 47,871 samples were tested in the past day. The cumulative tally increased to 9,97,462 and the number of recoveries went up to 9,22,977, with 3,992 patients recovering in the past day.
Chittoor and Krishna districts reported five deaths each on Thursday. Three deaths each were reported from Kurnool, Nellore, Prakasam and Srikakulam districts. Two deaths each were reported from East Godavari, Guntur and Vizianagaram districts and Anantapur, YSR Kadapa and Visakhapatnam districts reported one death each.
Chittoor district has reported the highest cases of 1,474 cases on Thursday. It was followed by Kurnool (1,367). Srikakulam district has been witnessing a rapid spread of infection of late. It reported 1,336 new cases in the past day. Guntur has reported 1,186 cases, East Godavari (992), Visakhapatnam (844), Nellore (816), Anantapur (789), Krishna (679), Vizianagaram (562), Prakasam (345), YSR Kadapa (279) and West Godavari (90)
Intensifying the COVID-19 preventive measures : Jagan
The state government has chalked out a strategy to contain the virus spread, said Minister for Health Alla Kali Krishna Srinivas (Nani) assuring the public that the government will handle the situation and urged not to panic.
The Minister assured that certain measures were taken to ensure that there is no shortage of oxygen or medicines in hospitals across the State and further stated that the oxygen supply is in-line with the requirement level. Currently, the state needs 360 metric tons of oxygen and there is no problem for government hospitals, he stated by adding that the Centre will provide assistance to set up a new oxygen plant in the State. He said that the number of Corona cases is increasing across the country and across the state and the Chief Minister is constantly reviewing the situation and instructed the authorities to be ready to face any situation.
Going with the directions of the Chief Minister, 104 helpline would be further strengthened, resolving public grievances and receiving their feedback on hospital services. He urged people to take precautionary measures like wearing the mask, sanitising their hands, maintaining physical distance to prevent the spread of coronavirus and assured them not to panic over COVID-19. He said that the government has been trying to complete the vaccination programme faster, where so far over 49 lakh people have been vaccinated in Andhra Pradesh. Minister Alla Nani warned that strict action would be taken on private hospitals if they charge more than the prescribed prices and asked to act humanely in the pandemic crisis.
Meanwhile addressing a separate press conference, Education Minister Adimulapu Suresh said that the State government has been trying to save the academic year for class X and Intermediate students by conducting the examinations duly following the COVID-19 protocol. With the increasing cases, the government had already decided to close the academic year for students studying class 1-9 without conducting any examinations and also vacated the welfare hostels. Soon a decision will be taken on universities, reviewing the current status of classes, examinations and academic progress, he said.