Spike in COVID-19 cases in new areas spark fears of community transmission in AP, Telangana

South India

Spike in the number of new coronavirus cases due to local contacts in new areas in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana has sparked fears of community transmission in the two states.

As many as 79 out of 180 new cases were reported in Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday are through local contacts. Out of more than 3,300 cases reported in the state, the cumulative positive cases involving foreign returnees were only 119 and those from other states 616.

The state reported 98 new cases on Thursday, taking total to 3,377, according to a report in Sakshi Post. Three people have died due to the highly infectious disease in the last 24 hours, taking the eath toll to 71. One each reported from Krishna, Guntur and Kurnool districts.

On Wednesday, the state had recorded the highest single-day spike ever since the first case was registered with 180 new cases. Cases were reported for the first time in new areas of Guntur, East Godavari, Kurnool, Chittoor, Kadapa and Prakasam, indicating that there may be community spread, said an Indian Express report.

In Nawabpet in Kadapa district, 10 members of a family tested positive, but the source of infection is unclear to officials. Gollala Mamidada village near Kakkinada has earned the dubious distinction of being the first village in the country to have 116 confirmed cases of Covid-19 as of June 3.

On May 20, a 53-year-old Covid-19 infected person from the village succumbed to the virus. The patient directly or indirectly transmitted the virus to at least 150 people in Pedapudi and neighbouring mandals.

However, district officials are yet to trace the origin of the disease in the super-spreader. District officials have declared G Mamidada village a red zone and set up a special control room by drawing in officials from various departments.

Similar trends were noticed in Telangana. Fresh cases are being reported from Siddipet, Sanga Reddy, Mancherial, Nalgonda, Jagtiyal, Medchal, Mahbubnagar and Ranga Reddy after a gap of several days which is leading health officials to consider community spread.

Telangana recorded 129 fresh Covid-19 cases reported as of 8:00 AM on Jun 4, according to data released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. This brings the total reported cases of coronavirus in Telangana to 3,020. Among the total people infected as on date, 1,556 have recovered and 99 have passed away.

Hyderabad had the highest number of Covid-19 cases at 472 confirmed infections. Telangana's 3,020 cases put it at number 12 in terms of number of cases among all states and union territories in India. Within the country, Maharashtra continues to have the most cases with 74860, according to data released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

While a majority of the cases reported till now are from local transmission, over 448 cases were reported from those who had arrived from Saudi Arabia and migrant workers who recently arrived from other states (with inputs from agencies)

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