The number of active cases in the south coast of Andhra Pradesh continued to decline, falling from a high of over 40,000 cases in May to just over 10,200.
However, the COVID deaths did not decrease. Eight patients – three in SPSR Nellore district and five in Prakasam district – succumbed to the viral disease in the past 24 hours, which ended at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, increasing to 1,773. Prakasam district has caused 887 deaths while Nellore has caused 886 deaths.
Up to 1,257 patients, including 845 in Prakasam district, recovered while 748 people, including 295 in SPSR Nellore district, tested positive for the disease in the past 24 hours, according to a state government health bulletin published Friday night.
Meanwhile, the Nellore District Collector KVN Chakradhar Babu said that up to 3.80 lakh mothers with children under 5 were identified for the vaccination campaign. He urged health workers and people to be vigilant as seasonal illnesses with symptoms similar to those of COVID could increase in the coming days.
While reviewing the health situation in Ongole, the Special Envoy for COVID Control RP Sisodia said, although the situation in the district appeared to be turning, there was no room for complacency. To prepare district officials for a possible third wave, he wanted health workers to step up testing.
A special vaccination campaign with a focus on young mothers is to take place on Sunday. “Our goal is to vaccinate at least one lakh on June 20th,” said Prakasam district collector Praveen Kumar.