Srikakulam and Vizianagaram counties are on high alert over a rapid rise in COVID-19 cases.
Almost 100 new cases are observed daily in the Srikakulam district. The active case number is 490, but is expected to increase sharply in the coming days. Up to 415 patients are isolated at home while 51 people have been hospitalized. 24 patients are observed in COVID Care Centers.
“We will deploy 1,000 beds as soon as positive cases are reported from across the district. People should keep a safe distance and wear masks, in addition to getting vaccinated quickly. Government hospitals are making the vaccine available free of charge to anyone over the age of 45, ”said J. Nivas, Srikakulam Collector.
Meanwhile, several service organizations in the district have run awareness programs to prevent the spread of the second wave of COVID-19.
The Central President of the Srikakulam Rotary Club, KT Naidu, and the Secretary, NV Bhaskar, expressed concern about people who can move freely without a mask.
“Social distancing is rarely pursued in public places. Because of this, our club has made people aware of the COVID-19 protocols and explained the severity of the second wave in public places like the Rythu bazaar, the old bus stand, the APSRTC complex and other places, ”said Naidu.
49 new cases were reported in neighboring Vizianagaram district on Tuesday, bringing the number of active cases to 232. District Medical and Health Doctor SV Ramana Kumari urged people to opt for tests if they had symptoms of COVID-19.
Police superintendent B. Raja Kumari said that all officers at the station building were advised to urge people to wear masks in their respective areas. The police ran awareness programs in Parvatipuram, Pusapati Rega, Denkada and other locations.