Andhra Pradesh on Sunday reached a significant milestone as the number of Covid-19 tests in the state crossed the one-crore mark. The health officials said the state has so far tested 1,00,17,126 samples of which 8,67,683 tested positive and 91,49,443 negative. The landmark was crossed with 54,710 new tests during the last 24 hours.
Andhra Pradesh stands first in India among big states with 1,87,587 tests per million population (98,004 national average). According to officials, 52,38,479 were RT-PCR tests, 7,41,711 truenat tests and 40,36,936 rapid tests. With extensive testing and timely treatment the mortality rate stands at 0.81 percent which is lower than the national average of 1.46 percent.
The state government has worked as per an action plan to contain the spread of Covid-19 and utilised the services of village volunteers at the best for community surveillance and monitoring health conditions. Starting with zero testing facilities, in no time, the State government ramped up its health infrastructure and established 150 testing laboratories by June along with dedicated hospitals for treating Covid patients. Apart from 15 testing facility centers, Covid-19 tests are being conducted in 4 private labs, 44 VRDL labs, 90 Truenat labs, 6CBNAT, 5NACO and 5 CLIA labs.
Andhra Pradesh has followed decentralised model of Sample Collection Centres. About 1519 facilities acted as the Sample Collection Centres ranging from Teaching Hospitals to Primary Health Centres. Mobile RRT Teams covered the nook and corner of the state prioritising Containment Zones.
To provide better access to citizens for testing, 122 State owned VERA & APSRTC buses were set up as mobile units for Sample Collection Centres equipped with all required Covid facilities and digitize the data of samples collected in a real time basis to MSS portal and citizens receive acknowledgement soon after sample is collected and report is also sent to their registered mobile immediately after the sample is processed.
A campaign was held to create awareness on mask wearing with an aim of ensuring 100% mask compliance in rural and urban through IEC, Mass Media, Digital Media. The state government has distributed three re-usable masks to each person in the state to promote its usage.
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Naidu did theatrics at airport despite permission being denied for event: Andhra Minister
Chittoor (Andhra Pradesh) [India], March 2 (ANI): Calling former Chief Minister and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief N Chandrababu Naidu’s actions at the Renigunta airport on Monday as theatrics, Andhra Pradesh Cabinet Minister Peddireddy Ramachandra Reddy and added that it was a mere PR stunt to gain relevance post the dismal performance of TDP in the recently concluded panchayat elections.
“He knew that permission was not given due to Covid-19 restrictions, the dharna caused inconvenience to the citizens and as the Model Code of Conduct is in place due to the municipal polls. Despite that, he decided to travel. This is only to run propaganda against the government using certain media outlets controlled by him. Why would he travel, knowing that the permission wasn’t given? This shows that it was merely a PR stunt,” Reddy said.
Earlier in the day, Superintendent of Police for Chittoor S. Senthil Kumar addressed the media and said, “The district police denied permission due to the following circumstances.”
“The party was planning to gather 5,000 supporters, this firstly violates all Covid regulations. Secondly, these many people gathering in the city would cause a lot of inconvenience to the citizens. Therefore, TDP was asked to look for another protest site outside the city which they refused to do. Thirdly, the Model Code of Conduct is in place due to the municipal elections and a protest of this nature violates the same. The police have no objection if the party obtains permission from the State Election Commission. Despite laying out the following reasons, the TDP chief and his party intentionally did what they did. Hence, the detention,” Kumar said.
Tirupati Urban SP Venkata Appalanaidu said that the TDP leaders asked for police permission for holding protest, after 11 pm on Sunday night.
“In that letter, it was not mentioned that whether they have taken permission of Election Commission or not. The place where TDP wanted to hold protest is a crucial area in Tirupati,” the police official said.
TDP leader and former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, N Chandrababu Naidu was on Monday detained by the police at the Renigunta airport while he was going to attend an election campaign in the Chittoor district. (ANI)
1 injured in road mishap in Delhi
New Delhi [India], March 2 (ANI): A man was injured after he lost control of the car and went on to hit a tree on a divider near Saket on Monday night, the police said.
According to the police, the accident took place at around 10 pm after the driver, Tushar lost control of the car hit a tree on the divider while trying to save another vehicle.
Tushar has suffered injuries on his cheek and is underdoing treatment at Max hospital, the police said. (ANI)
Molestation accused kill girl’s father in UP’s Hathras, two held
Hathras (Uttar Pradesh) [India], March 2 (ANI): Amrish Sharma, a resident of Hathras, was shot dead by another man against whom he had filed a case in July 2018 for allegedly molesting his daughter, at a village in Sasni police station area on Monday, Uttar Pradesh police said.
According to the police, an FIR has been registered against four accused, two of whom have been arrested.
“On March 1, at around 4 pm, information was received at Sasni police station that in Nojalpur village, a man named Amrish Sharma had been shot by Gaurav Sharma and his friends. Amrish died on his way to the hospital,” said Vineet Jaiswal, Superintendent of Police (SP) Hathras.
The SP said that the police reached the incident spot and an investigation was carried out on Monday.
“During the investigation, it came to light that in July 2018, Amrish Sharma had filed a case of molestation against Gaurav Sharma, who was sent to jail but he came out on bail after one month. Both the families were having a dispute since then,” Jaiswal added.
Speaking about the incident, the police official said, “The wife and the aunt of the main accused Gaurav Sharma and both daughters of deceased had gone to temple in the village. They had an argument there over the old case. The accused and the Amrish Sharma came there later where they argued and the accused shot the latter, who died while being taken to hospital.”
The SP said that teams have been formed to nab the remaining accused and further investigation is underway. (ANI)
Karnataka taxi, auto drivers’ bodies demand increase in fare amid spiralling fuel prices
Bengaluru (Karnataka), March 2 (ANI): Taxi and autorickshaw unions in Karnataka have demanded an increase in fare, citing the spiralling fuel prices.
The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagar Palike (BBMP), Special Commissioner J Manjunath on Monday said, “Taxi and autorickshaw drivers’ associations gave a proposal requesting an increase in fare.”
The official committee meeting has been called after 3 weeks to look into the matter, he added.
On February 25, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that she won’t be able to answer when the prices of petrol and diesel will be reduced.
“I won’t be able to say ‘when’. It is a ‘dharam sankat’ (dilemma),” she said at an event in Ahmedabad after being asked when would the Central Government reduce fuel prices, which have increased sharply in the past few days in the country.
Over a period of time, the prices of petrol and diesel have increased sharply.
Opposition parties have held protests in different parts of the country over fuel price rise. (ANI)
G Kishan Reddy takes his first dose of COVID-19 vaccine at Hyderabad’s Gandhi Hospital
Hyderabad (Telangana) [India], March 2 (ANI): Union Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy on Tuesday took his first dose of COVID-19 vaccine at Gandhi Hospital in Hyderabad.
Earlier on Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi administered the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Delhi and appealed to all those who are eligible to get inoculated.
Many prominent leaders including Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar Nationalist Congress Party Chief, Sharad Pawar were administered the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine on Monday.
India commenced its third phase of the COVID-19 vaccination drive to inoculate people above 60 years and those over 45 with comorbidities against the coronavirus from March 1.
The eligible beneficiaries who are entitled to receive the Covid-19 vaccine from March 1, were able to register themselves on the Co-WIN platform from Monday onwards.
The Central government has created the Co-WIN application dedicated to monitor real-time management of Covid-19 vaccination across the country.
The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country crossed 1.47 crore on Monday, according to a statement by the Union Health Ministry.
15,510 new COVID-19 cases and 106 deaths were reported in India in the last 24 hours, the Union Health Ministry informed on Monday.
With this, the total number of cases reported in the country now stands at 1,10,96,731, including 1,68,627 active cases and 1,07,86,457 recoveries. The death toll now stands at 1,57,157. (ANI)
‘ANGANA MOREY’ HITTING NO. 2 ON BILLBOARD GLOBAL CHART A PLEASANT SURPRISE: SHREYA GHOSHAL
Singer Shreya Ghoshal recently got candid with NewsX in an exclusive interview as a part of its special series NewsX India A-List, wherein she spoke about her latest song release Angana Morey, her musical journey and more. Angana Morey is garnering a phenomenal response in India and around the world.
Not only the song is being loved by the listeners but is also smashing records of singers like Selena Gomez and has made it to number 2 on Billboard’s Top Triller Global chart. Angana Morey is even more special to Shreya as it is in collaboration with her brother Soumyadeep Ghoshal.
Expressing her gratitude to all the love and appreciation coming her way for Angana Morey, Shreya said, “While making this song, we did not have any such expectations. It’s a pleasant surprise and a great feeling. The fans are rejoicing. Somewhere they always hoped that Shreya or as they call me Shreya Di will make it to the Billboard one day. It’s a sweet gesture, I am elated and hope it’s the start.”
Sharing insights from the making of Angana Morey, she expressed, “Angana Morey was born in the lockdown so it was an interesting experience. Soumyadeep is a fabulous musician. This was our second project together. Over the phone and on video calls, we only talk about music and the possibilities of doing so many different things. He pushed me into it and said that don’t worry about what the trends are or what are people doing off late, you should do whatever you want. That is how Angana Morey was born. This is a very different song from my kitty and that’s why I went Indie. When you are doing independent music, you have no pressure of following any rules. So I broke all of them and did a slightly classical-based number with very modern, electronic and transient, groovy elements in it.”
Shreya spoke about her first song and how that proved to be a game-changer for her, “The first song that I did would always be the most momentous experience and time of my life. Bairi Piya from Devdas changed my life. I was around 16-years-old. Being called for a song like that by Sanjay Leela Bhansali for a film of that stature was unexpected. It was amazing and since then there has been no looking back. There have been many more such songs, milestones, concerts, world tours, and experiences that have added many more layers to my life and how my journey has moved from here to there but it’s too hard to count them now. I am blessed but I will always look back at my first song, my first film as the most sentimental, the most emotional and important milestone of my life.” On a concluding note, she crooned Ghar More Pardesiya from Kalank.
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