As the new spike of Covid-19 cases in neighbouring states, state health officials are of the view that only an increase in the number of tests conducted and proper monitoring could help the state government decide if any restrictions need to be imposed on travel and other activities to check the spread of the virus.
Despite the gram panchayat elections conducted in AP, there has not been any remarkable change in the number of daily infections. It may be mentioned here that Niti Aayog member (health) Dr VK Paul told the Union government that “Two mutant virus strains — N440K and E484Q — have been detected. Nevertheless, there is no direct link between the recent surge in states and the two strains.”
Speaking to Hello Vizag, Andhra Pradesh Principal Secretary for Covid-19 Management and Vaccination, M Ravi Chandra stated that “it was early to reach any conclusion on any fresh wave of the virus. He underscored that based on the number of cases and guidelines of the Centre, any decision on restrictions would be taken. However, guidelines such as wearing a mask, maintaining social distance, and washing hands need to be followed by the people if they do not want to face a lockdown again.”
The state health officials said that we do have the requisite health infrastructure to deal with any kind of second-wave and we have shown our sincere initiative in curbing the spread of the virus by doing the highest number of tests in the past’. However, Covid-19 special officer for Vizag PV Sudhakar stressed increasing the number of tests and analyzing the trend.