The Andhra Pradesh Government under Jagan Mohan Reddy’s leadership has failed miserably in containing the spread of the coronavirus. The State is hit hard again with the second wave of COVID-19, which has already put the economy in a deep crisis since the beginning of the pandemic.
The decisions taken by Jagan Mohan Reddy suggest that the government is not aware of the gravity of the situation arising from the “community spread” of the virus. The cumulative tally jumped to 11,45,022 as the recovery rate reduced to 86.7% and the overall positivity rate also increased to 6.90%. As per the bulletin released by the health department between 1 May 2021 to 2 May 2021- 1.14 lakh samples were tested and the positivity rate stood at 20.8%.
Currently, the State has 1,43,718 active cases and the Chittoor district has the highest number of active cases followed by Srikakulam & East Godavari. There has been a 320% increase in active caseload between 18 April to 2 May 2021.
The day-wise newly registered cases are increasing at a rapid pace with an average positivity rate of 20.2%. The below chart has cases being registered day-wise.
According to the State COVID dashboard on bed availability, over 72% of the ICU & Oxygenated beds are currently occupied. GOAP also claims that more than enough beds are available, and there is enough supply of Remdesivir injections and oxygen for patients.
However, the ground reality appears alarming. Requests for beds and oxygen are abundant on social media and people are kept waiting for beds in hospitals. An acute shortage of key COVID drugs in the market like Fabiflu, Doxycycline, Remedisvir, Deksel syrup and Zincovit tablets is hitting the patients. Life-saving drugs such as Remdesivir injections are being sold in the black market at as high as Rs. 40,000 despite the price cap by the government. At the edge of life, citizens are being extorted by black marketeers and private hospitals for lakhs of rupees in the name of treatment. The government’s denial of the intensity of the crisis is keeping the daily increasing number of deaths undercalculated, as well as taking death closer to everyone’s doorstep.