The district witnessed a spike of 39 Covid-19 positive cases on Tuesday. Active case crossed triple-digit and now stood at 120. There was a drop in cases in February when zero cases were reported for two days but the cases were rising particularly after the first week of March. Incidentally, it was on March 17 last that the first case was recorded when in Allipuram and the cases spiraled till August and September. The district has reported 60,808 cases till now. Of them, 60,148 patients have recovered and 540 of them have died.
Speaking to Hello Vizag, District Medical and Health Officer (DM&HO) P Suryanarayana said that now the cases were being reported from Madhurawada, RTC regional center, Gajuwaka, Aganampudi, Gopalapatnam and Arilova. He said most of the cases were asymptomatic. Suryanarayana said they launched sentinel surveillance to take up testing of 20 to 30 people from 20 groups such as RTC workers, farm-workers, shopping mall workers, taxi and auto drivers to identify groups with prevalent cases. He said they were testing seven primary and 14 secondary contacts of each positive case. As many as 90 people are under home quarantine, while 50 people are in CSR Block at King George Hospital.
The DM & HO said no cases of new variants of Covid were reported in the district till now and added that all samples of positive cases were sent to CCMP for further tests. The recovery rate has been 99.82 % in the district, he said. “The triple strategy of testing, tracing and treatment and effective surveillance in containment zones along with awareness among people helped in tackling Covid cases effectively in the district, he said.
“There was a panic reaction when the first case was reported in the city because of little knowledge about the virus initially. Over the period they gained experience in the treatment and tackling the cases besides infra facilities were upgraded and they are now ready to tackle even the second wave,” he explained. Covid-19 special officer for three north coastal districts and AMC principal Dr. PV Sudhakar said the recently concluded civic polls and gatherings during festivals could be the tipping point in the rise of cases.