The YSRCP government’s approach in handling the COVID-19 has been widely criticized from the start. While the pandemic shook governments elsewhere in India and countries abroad, the Jagan Mohan Reddy administration is busy in its petty politics. The State reported its first corona virus case on March 12. The State had only 10,000 cases as of June 14. On July 20, the tally crossed 50,000. By August 2, the cumulative positive cases at 1,58,764.
With the rise in COVID cases in the State, East Godavari district has seen a high spike in cases and turned out to be a significant hotspot district, both at State as well as the National level. Elsewhere in the country, the urban centres have been the majority centre emerging from semi-urban and rural segments of the State. In AP, the cases are registered across all districts in large numbers and East Godavari district topping the chart.
East Godavari was the first to cross the 10,000 cases mark on July 23 and has since added 11,233 positive cases. As of August 2 2020, the East Godavari has a cumulative of 22,201 positive cases with 8,496 active cases. This the 3rd highest active cases in the State, where Visakhapatnam tops the chart with active cases in the State. As on July 20, the EG district has only 7,232 cases which raised to 22,201 cases – 300% rise in positive cases.
The Average Growth Rate in the State is 9.9% which is one of the highest in the country.
Positivity rate in East Godavari district
Note: The data for July 31, 2020, in terms of number of tests done in East Godavari district is not available
Doctors of Rajamahendravaram COVID-19 hospital staged a protest against the lack of proper facilities. They have demanded that all the facilities be provided to them as per the guidelines of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).
In the wake of the sudden rise in COVID19 numbers, five new COVID19 Care Centres with the 5000-bed capacity are currently being setting up in the district. But the numbers still continue to mount in the region.