With chief secretary Somesh Kumar specifically asking health officials across the state to understand the gravity of the situation, officials are now on their toes. During a video conference with sarpanches and officials of panchayat raj department, panchayat raj minister Errabelli Dayakar Rao touched upon the rising cases and asked them to be more alert.
In Suryapet, which was a red zone last year, collector T Vinay Krishna Reddy has asked the staff to do contact tracing, conduct tests and ensure those who test positive stay in home quarantine. There has been a significant rise in the number of Covid cases in Nizamabad too. According to reports, 96 people tested positive on April 7. The number of tests has increased with 3,333 done on a single day. Of these, 3,237 people tested negative.
Nizamabad collector C Narayan Reddy asked the managements of private hospitals to be ready with the infrastructure needed, if more people infected with Covid-19 need critical care. “The situation appears to be severe and therefore hospitals should be ready to treat more patients,” the collector said, during a meeting with representatives of private hospitals. He said the situation appears to be ‘severe’ and therefore it was advisable that the government and private hospitals were on alert to admit patients. As of now, 172 Covid positive patients were taking treatment at government hospitals and at least 100 at private ones. Private hospitals have 400 beds in the district.
A core committee meeting of government general hospital was held in Karimnagar. Collector K Shashanka said Covid test would have to be done for anyone coming for any ailment, if the patients shows any signs of Covid. Sports School in Karimnagar has been made a Covid Care Centre.