VISAKHAPATNAM: Five districts in Andhra Pradesh account for nearly 50 percent of all active COVID-19 cases in the state right now. Andhra Pradesh has 1,14,158 active COVID-19 cases as of Thursday. Five districts- Chittoor, Srikakulam, East Godavari, Guntur and Nellore- have 64,399 cases combined.
Chittoor with 15,158 active cases occupies the top spot. It is followed by Srikakulam (14,155), Nellore (12,357), Guntur (11,621) and East Godavari (11,108). On Thursday, these districts cumulatively registered 8,000 cases which comes to around 60 per cent of all cases reported on the day.
The increasing number of Covid-19 cases has raised concerns about an urgent need to contain the spread of the virus and to ramp up testing in order to identify the infected and save lives.
Srikakulam district collector J Nivas said on Thursday that nearly 30 per cent of all cases reported in Srikakulam town. “We have imposed certain restrictions on crowd movement in the town. Traders have been operating establishments in the town till 2 PM only,” said the district collector.
Anil Kumar Singhal, principal secretary (health) appealed to the public to cooperate with the government in effectively combating the second Covid Wave by strictly adhering to Covid-appropriate behavior.
He said that the state government is making efforts to contain the spread of the virus and facilitating timely hospitalization and treatment of patients. He further said that there are enough beds available in hospitals and Covid care centres requested citizens to go to care centres if diagonised with mild symptoms as hospitals are treating serious cases.