Andhra Pradesh puts private hospitals on alert as coronavirus tally goes up to 23

G Naga Sridhar Hyderabad | Updated on March 30, 2020

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The total number of Coronavirus positive cases in Andhra Pradesh has gone up to 23.

In a bulletin released on Monday, the Govt said two men aged 49 and 72 years from Kakinada and Rajahmundry respectively, tested positive. A total of 33 samples have been tested since last night out of which  31 showed negative results while two tested were positive.

However, a 65 year old man who has been under treatment in Visakhapatnam since March 17 after being tested positive has recovered and tested negative.

The Government had issued an order for setting up of additional sample collection centres at all private medical colleges designated at district COVID hospitals. "All private medical college hospitals and other private hospitals are directed to place their premises with all available resources and man power at the disposal of the district collector as and when required,’’  Department of Health said in a bulletin.

Efforts are on to identify hotspots around cluster of Coronavirus positive tested patients and joint collectors have been made responsible for monitoring of 100 per cent through medical teams in COVID Hospitals, it added.

Augmenting bed strength for isolation purpose has been initiated and collectors have been asked to obtain details of hotels, function/marriage halls, convention centres which can be converted into isolation wards.

Published on March 30, 2020

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