Given the high positivity rate and lack of oxygen-assisted beds in state and private hospitals, Tadipatri authorities have built a makeshift hospital with 500 beds, all of which are oxygenated.
The positivity rate of coronavirus infection in the Anantapur district rose from 37% on Thursday to 41% on Friday and has fluctuated between 34% and 45% in the past two weeks. The cumulative positivity rate of 2% in the third week of April reached 5% on Friday. The district has so far tested 15.15 lakh samples, of which 1.05 lakh tested positive, with a cumulative positivity rate of 6.95%.
Collector Gandham Chandrudu and joint collector Nishant Kumar, chairman of the Oxygen Monitoring Committee, inspected construction activity on the site. Arjas Steel will lay an 800 meter pipeline to supply the hospital with oxygen from its facility. A similar temporary facility with 250 oxygen-assisted beds will be established next to the Super Specialty Hospital in Anantapur.
Currently, in addition to the 15 KL of liquid medical oxygen supply from the JSW steelworks in Toranagallu in Karnataka, 850 cylinders can be filled at Life Oxygen (250) in Chakrayapet and Vedic Ispat Limited in Thumkunta near Hindupur (500).