The one-day coronavirus infection list and related deaths continued to surge on the south coast of Andhra Pradesh, although recovery rates improved somewhat in the past 24 hours that ended at 9 a.m. on Thursday.
Twelve patients – seven in Prakasam District and five in Nellore District – succumbed to the infection during the reporting period, claiming a total of 1,470 victims.
The number of active cases rose to 41,332 as 2,742 people tested positive during the reporting period. The cumulative balance thus exceeded the 2.05 lakh mark. However, 1,945 patients were cured of the infection during the reporting period.
The number of restores improves
For the first time, the number of restores in the last 24 hours was more than 200 higher than the number of new admissions in Nellore District. Up to 1,219 people tested positive, while 1,443 patients recovered during the reporting period.
In contrast, the Prakasam district had three times as many new cases as compared to recoveries. The district reported a one-day count of 1,523 infections while 502 patients were recovered during the period.
Nellore collector KVN Chakradhar Babu advised patients to seek treatment in COVID Care Centers (CCCs) instead of isolating them at home. The COVID Care Centers are equipped to provide the advanced health services including oxygen therapy, he said.
The collectors also urged the corporate sector to reach out to the Aurobindo Pharma Foundation, which donated 50 pound sterling oxygen concentrators to various COVID care centers operated with support from companies such as APGENCO, SHAR Center, Krishnapatnam Port, etc.
Meanwhile, Prakasam collector P. Bhaskar formed a special cell to fight the virus by appointing 73 teams to effectively implement COVID control measures at the grassroots level by imprisoning teachers in state schools.
Vaccine for journalists
The collector asked all journalists to register their names with the information and public relations department within the next two days in order to receive vaccine doses as a priority.