Telangana, Andhra Pradesh Coronavirus Live Updates: AP cases cross 20,000, Telangana surge continues

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 Andhra Pradesh reports 1,322 new cases; Over 200 people contact NIMS to volunteer for vaccine trial in Hyderabad People flout social distancing norms while waiting for COVID-19 tests at Indira Gandhi Municipal Corporation Stadium in Vijayawada, Monday, July 6, 2020. (PTI Photo)

Telangana, Andhra Pradesh Coronavirus Live Updates: The number of coronavirus cases in Andhra Pradesh topped 20,000 to reach 20,019 on Tuesday, with nearly 239 deaths till date. There are around 10,860 active cases in the state while 8,920 people have recovered from the disease. Around 1,322 new cases were added in a day in the state along with seven deaths.

TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu alleged that the state government’s claim of conducting one million tests is a “sham” as test reports were generated without taking samples and said the central government should immediately look into the matter. “Shocked that a govt can stoop to such level to cover their failures. ‘One Million Covid tests’ narrative woven by the AP Govt is either a sham/scam. I request the Centre to look into this immediately and expose the criminal motive behind the ‘SMS testing racket’ run by the government,” he alleged.

Meanwhile, Covid-19 cases in Telangana climbed to 25,733 in the last 24 hours, with at least 306 fatalities reported so far. While the number of active cases stand at 10,646, around 14,781 people have recovered from the infection. Nearly 1,831 cases and 11 deaths were recorded in the last 24 hours, PTI reported.

Out of the 1,831 new cases, 1,419 were from the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), followed by Ranga Reddy anf Medchal districts with 160 and 117 cases respectively.

As many as 6,383 samples were tested on Monday, taking the total number of samples tested in the state so far to 1,22,218.

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A security personnel uses a thermal screening on workers while preparing vegetable garlands ahead of the Goddess Durga's Shakhambari Devi festival, at Kanaka Durga temple in Vijayawada, Thursday, July 2, 2020. (PTI Photo/File)

A state government bulletin said that out of the 2,501 beds available in four government hospitals, 284 were occupied by Covid-19 suspected cases and 877 by inpatients. With nearly 1,161 beds occupied, the number of vacant beds was 1,340.

Health Minister E Rajender said that the Telangana Institute of Medical Sciences (TIMS), a sports facility converted into a Covid-19 hospital is ready to serve patients.He posted a video about the facilities being provided in the hospital.

He further said that patients with mild symptoms should be treated in district hospitals, while those who are asymptomatic should be kept in home isolation and their health monitored.

In Hyderabad, more than 200 people have contacted the Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS), to volunteer for clinical trials of Covaxin, a candidate vaccine for Covid-19.

Officials on Monday said since July 3, they have received over 200 phone calls and emails from people eager to volunteer for trials of the vaccine, which is being developed by city-based Bharat Biotech in collaboration with ICMR.

India's coronavirus tally crossed 7 lakh on Tuesday, with around 22,252 new cases and 467 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of fatalities to 20,160.

After a shutdown of more than 100 days, all ASI-protected monuments will reopen for the public from Monday (July 6). The ASI’s Hyderabad circle takes care of historical monuments like the Charminar, the Warangal Fort, the Thousand Pillared Temple and Ramappa Temple in Warangal, the Alampur Temple in Gadwal district, and a couple of prehistoric excavation sites. Among these, the Golconda Fort witnesses the maximum tourist footfall.

The officials of ASI’s Hyderabad held several discussions Friday following instructions from the head office. One of their major concerns is whether the Golconda Fort falls under a containment zone demarcated by the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation. However, after the GHMC gave a go-ahead, the ASI has decided to open the monument on July 6, Monday, but with certain curbs in place.

Meanwhile, as economic activities get a fresh lease of life with the phase 2 of ‘Unlock’ kicking in, small and medium businessmen in Hyderabad are adopting to the post Covid-19 scenario by sensing the market demand.

With masks, gloves, sanitisers and face shields being sold in almost every second shop, a businessman in Hyderabad is making his own PPE kits. His only rider: these reusable suits are not for clinical purposes.

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