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Covid-19 cases in Andhra Pradesh reach 473, death toll at 9




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Amravati: Two deaths due to coronavirus and 34 new positive cases of the disease were confirmed in Andhra Pradesh, a state government bulletin said on Tuesday.

With this, the overall toll has now increased to nine and the number of affected in the state to 473.

Two persons were discharged on Tuesday, taking the total number of patients cured and discharged to 14, the bulletin said.

The fresh COVID-19 cases were reported since Monday evening till 9 AM on Tuesday.

Till date, 9,827 samples were tested in the state and 9,354 of them turned negative.

In the last 24 hours, 2010 samples were tested of which 41 came out negative, it said.

Guntur district, where the first COVID-19 case of a Tablighi Jamaat attendee was reported on March 25, now crossed the century mark with a total number of 109 cases.

As many as 16 new coronavirus cases were registered in the district since Monday night.

In neighbouring Krishna district, eight new cases were added while in Kurnool there was an addition of seven positive cases.

Anantapuramu reported two and SPS Nellore district one fresh case overnight. Kurnool district now has a total of 91 cases, followed by SPS Nellore with 56.

With nine deceased and 14 discharged, the number of active cases in the state was 450.

The two north coastal Andhra districts of Srikakulam and Vizianagaram continued to maintain a clean slate with zero cases of the pandemic.

A 56-year-old private doctor in Nellore, who contracted the coronavirus from a Tablighi Jamaat attendee, succumbed while undergoing treatment in a private hospital in Chennai on Monday.

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He was a diabetic and also suffered from hypertension, the bulletin said.

The doctor was first admitted to the government hospital in Nellore on April 3 and shifted to the private hospital in Chennai on April 6.

A 55-year-old man in Vijayawada, who contracted the disease from another COVID-19 patient who returned from Jalandhar in Punjab, died on April 12, it added.

He was a diabetes and asthma patient and had been on ventilator from April 9.

Two women, who contracted coronavirus from their kin, who returned from England to Visakhapatnam on March 28, had recovered and been discharged from hospital on Tuesday, the bulletin added.

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Andhra doctor, suspended for alleging PPE shortage, now beaten by cops for ‘creating nuisance’




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Bengaluru: A doctor with a government hospital in Andhra Pradesh, who was suspended for questioning the shortage of PPE kits, was admitted to a mental health facility Sunday, a day after he was allegedly manhandled by the police and arrested for creating nuisance in Visakhapatnam.

Dr Sudhakar Rao, a government civil surgeon, was beaten, his hands tied behind his back and dragged by police officers Sunday. During the incident, Sudhakar allegedly verbally abused the Jagan Mohan Reddy government in an inebriated state. Videos of the incident have since been widely shared online.

“The police control room received a call about a person creating nuisance on Beach Road Hospital in Visakhapatnam. The Fourth Town police was rushed there and found that the person was the suspended doctor, Sudhakar.

“When the police tried to control him, he snatched the mobile phone of an officer and threw it away. He is suffering from mental disorder and he was drunk. He was sent for a medical examination,” Vishakapatnam Police Commissioner R.K. Meena told the media Sunday.

Sudhakar was admitted to a mental hospital Sunday after doctors at the King George Hospital in Vishakapatnam said he suffered from anxiety.

“Since the doctor is in anxiety and talking irrelevant things, I have referred him to a mental care hospital in Visakhapatnam,” said Dr Radha Rani, medical superintendent, King George Hospital.

A statement released by the hospital said: “Dr Sudhakar was brought to the KGH casualty ward at 6.30 pm. From the smell, it was found that he was in a drunk condition. Under the influence of alcohol, he did not cooperate with anybody there and kept abusing all. Still, his pulse, BP were checked. Pulse was 98, BP 140/100. Blood samples were sent to forensic lab to ascertain alcohol content in his blood.”

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‘Treatment towards Sudhakar was inhuman’

Sudhakar, who spent more than 10 years at the Narsipatnam Government Hospital in Andhra Pradesh, was suspended from his duties in March after he openly criticised the Reddy government for failing to provide PPE kits and N95 masks to doctors treating Covid-19 patients.

He had alleged that the state government was giving N95 masks and PPE kits meant for doctors to politicians and the police.

A video of Sudhakar criticising the government was also shared widely. In the clip, he can be heard saying: “We are putting our lives at risk here. We are asked to use the same mask for 15 days and a fresh mask will be provided only twice a month.”

Speaking to ThePrint, Dr P. Gangadhar Rao, member of the National COVID Committee of the Indian Medical Association, said the manner in which Sudhakar was manhandled by the police was “inhuman” and “violated” human rights.

“We strongly condemn the way he was taken into custody. He was not carrying a weapon, he was alone, the number of policemen outnumbered him. Why treat him like that? We also saw a video where a policeman beats him with a lathi,” said Dr Gangadhar.

He added that Rao was one of the most experienced anaesthetists the Andhra Pradesh government had.

“Our next step of action is to get Sudhakar to write an unconditional apology for having used filthy language, abusing the chief minister and the government. We will then take our appeal to the CM seeking that he be reinstated,” Gangadhar said.

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