Despite government efforts to minimize the spread of COVID-19 infection, the number of active cases in Srikakulam and Vizianagaram districts, which are part of the north coast region of Andhra Pradesh, has exceeded 24,000.
On average, around 800 new infections are reported daily in each district. There are currently 15,966 active cases in the Srikakulam district, of which 1,861 have been admitted to hospitals and 931 to COVID care centers while the remaining patients are in home isolation. The total number of positive cases over the past 14 months was 90,515.
8,766 cases are active in Vizianagaram district and a total of 60,442 cases as of April 2020.
BJP Secretary of State Sevvana Uma Maheswari has raised concerns about the virus spreading in rural areas of Srikakulam district and wanted steps to contain it. Many patients’ family members were concerned about reports of mistreatment and theft of jewelry in COVID-19 hospitals. “The county government should put screens in the hospitals so patients’ families can see the treatment and maintenance of the wards,” she said.
Rotary Club Central, Vizianagaram, former President DSP Lingam, urged the government to provide social distancing in marketplaces. “Because of the limited shopping hours, hundreds of people come to Rythu bazaars and markets. They may be advised to buy vegetables and essential goods once a week to minimize their visits and reduce market congestion, ”he said.