Pull out all stops to contain the spread of COVID-19: Collector

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District collector Vivek Yadav said the administration is using all of its resources to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Vivek Yadav spoke to the media here on Friday that the 2,072 infections recorded on Thursday were the highest in the district since the second wave of the pandemic broke out about two weeks ago. Of those, 702 cases came from the urban areas of Guntur, he said, adding that many cases have been reported from Tadepalli and Mangalagiri communities.

“As soon as the positive cases are reported, the contact tracing of the person concerned is carried out. In accordance with the protocol, people are recommended to either be isolated at home or be admitted to the COVID care centers or hospitals, ”he said.

Active drop load

“There are currently 10,852 active cases in the district, 90% of which have mild symptoms,” said the collector.

“We have also expanded the testing by running more than 9,000 RT-PCR tests per day. We aim to publish the results within 24 hours,” he said.

In terms of bed size, the collector stated that there were 846 ICU beds, 3,018 non-ICU beds, and 2,241 non-ICU beds without oxygen support. “We also have 6,000 beds in 60 COVID hospitals and seven COVID care centers. A team of doctors oversees the centers. We have also converted all hospitals with more than 40 beds to COVID hospitals, ”said Vivek Yadav.

The collector advised people not to panic and said that most patients would recover if they stayed home in isolation and followed proper medical advice.

“There is no shortage of oxygen and remdesivir injections. The district receives 40 to 43 tons of oxygen every day. The common collector monitors the situation. People can choose ‘104’ or ‘1902’ if they have any complaints. Measures have already been taken against hospitals that overwhelm patients, ”said the collector.

Joint Collector, Revenue, AS Dinesh Kumar and District Medical and Health Officer J. Yasmin were present.

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