On a day India recorded its highestever 37,242 Covid19 cases, Andhra Pradesh has reported a record spike of 3,963 cases in a single day.

Andhra Pradesh has registered 44,609 cases so far, and the toll stands at 586 with 52 deaths being repot• ed on Monday. The state has tested a total of 12,84,384 samples.

Telangana state reported 1,284 fresh cases of Covid19, and the total stands at 42,496. The state has tested 2,52,700 samples.

Nationwide, the number of cases stood at 10,76,260 and it is expected that the tally will cross the 11lakh mark on Sunday. The number of deaths stood at 26,824, up by 543. Veteran Kannada film actor Hulvana Gangadharaiah died due to Covid•19 in a private hospital, hospital sources said on Saturday.

Maharashtra crossed the three•lakh mark during the day, and the state now has a tally of 3,00,937 cases and 11,596 deaths.

There was further bad news worldwide, where the overall toll crossed the six•lakh mark. Covid•19 has so far claimed 6,01,260 lives. The number of cases stands at 1,42,78,824.

Headache, gastrointestinal issues seen as pointers Diarrhoea may be Covid sign

 The combination of diarrhoea, headache and abdominal pains are being noted along with respiratory distress in 19.8 per cent of Covid19 cases, according to an analysis of patients who have reported for treatment. These symptoms are being seen as early indications of Coronavirus.

Patients are coming to doctors with common complaints of loss of appetite, weakness, confusion and severe headache. Due to the change of season, and the intermittent warm and rainy days, many assume they are feeling down due to the weather. Clinical evaluation and preliminary tests are needed to differentiate between typhoid, diarrhoea and Covid19.

Experts state that due to selfmedication, use of alternative medicines and inability to understand the symptoms, people are coming to hospitals with a combination of abdominal and respiratory infections. This combination increases the viral load in the body.

A distinct feature was that those who are looking very sick were actually having common seasonal diseases.

while those who are looking mildly sick are carrying the Coronavirus.

Dr Navoday Gilla, senior general physician, said there were multiple representations of different symptoms before the stage of breathing difficulties sets in in Covid19.  It may not necessarily be Covid19 for everyone. But it does require preliminary evaluation and those who come to the hospitals early are better managed."

The symptoms of fever, cough, cold and breathlessness are appearing after the other symptoms of diarrhoea and headache.  Exposure rate of other family members is high and causes formation of new clusters with these combinations."

VBM leaves W. Asia emigrants in the lurch

 Thousands of emigrants from the Telugu states continue to be stuck in the Middle East. The Vande Bharat Mission (VBM), the Centre's repatriation effort which entered its fourth phase in July, has not helped a vast majority of them.

Many of them, who hail from lower middle class backgrounds, have been unemployed since March due to the economic slowdown.

There is anger among Telugu immigrants that they are being ignored in favour of those from states like Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Of the VBM 926 flights in the fourth phase, 255 are headed for Kerala and 107 for Tamil Nadu. Hyderabad will receive 64 and Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada 11. Around half the flights to the Telugu states originate from the Middle East. Many emigrants have created Twitter accounts only to appeal to Telugu politicians, ministers and officials for assistance. They tag ministers such as K.T. Rama Rao, the office of Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao. and the Indian Embassy or consulates in their countries. Some have even tagged actor Sonu Sood, who helped guest workers a few weeks ago.

M. All Aboud, an emigrant in Dubai, said the consulategeneral had been unhelpful.  For some inexplicable reason, it got cancelled," he said. Twitter user Syed Fazullah, who lives in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, has been pleading with officials and politicians to help him get a ticket to Hyderabad on July 30.

M. Bheem Reddy, an activist for TS emigrants' welfare, said that based on Lok Sabha data of 2018, the state has at least 15 lakh emigrants in the Middle East.  According to official figures, less than 9,000 have been brought back. There is a huge need for flights to Hyderabad," he said.

Emigrants tried to charter flights, which are generally more expensive than the VBM. They are expected to pay Telangana Tourism the fee up front for institutional quarantine to get permissions. Each passenger is expected to pay around 88,003 for a week in a singleoccupancy room and 26,000 for a shared room.


The West Zone Task Force arrested seven people for alleged black marketing Covid19 drugs. The accused were identified as Mohd Obaid, Mohd Afaq Ali, Mohd Majid AIL Abdul Aziz, B. Raju, N. Sunil and M. Ravi.

The police arrested them for procuring generic versions of Remdesivir and Cipremi Injections that are being used to treat Covid19 patients, and selling them at higher rates. All the accused were illegally selling the Remdesivir injections in their medical shops at high prices without any medical prescription and bills, police said. Acting on a tip off, the police arrested them when they were discussing selling of Remdesivir (Covifor) of Hetero and Cipremi of Cipla. The police seized the injections from their possession.

The accused persons along with seized material were handed over to the Asifbagar police for investigation.

THE ACCUSED were illegally selling the Remdesivir injections in their medical shops at high prices without any medical prescription, bills.

ACTING ON A tip off, the police arrested them when they were discussing selling of Remdesivir (Covifor) of Hetero and Cipremi of Cipla.

TS records 1,284 cases, 6 deaths GHMC dominates with 667 fresh cases

 Telangana state on Saturday registered 1,284 fresh cases of Covid•19, taking the number of active patients with the disease to 12,765 out of the total 42,496 cases so fat

The death toll crossed the 400 mark on Saturday with six more succumbing to Covid19 taking the number of dead to 403, according to the daily Covid19 bulletin.

The GHMC area continued to dominate the state with 667 cases, with Sangareddy district in the second spot with 86 cases for the day. Ranga Reddy and MedchalMalkajgiri recorded 68 and 62 cases respectively

Fiftyeight cases were reported from Karimnagar, 46 from Nalgonda, 37 from Warangal Urban, 35 from Vikarabad, 26 from Nizamabad, 24 from Wanaparthy, 23 from Suryapet, and 22 from Siddipet districts.

In all, the non•GHMC districts accounted for 617 cases on Saturday. The health department said that as on Saturday, as many as 1,318 ICU beds, 2.926 beds with oxygen supply and 10,925 isolation beds were available at its hospitals in the state. At Gandhi Hospital in the city, 1,231 beds were available and that it currently was treating a total of 659 patients of whom 123 were in the ICU ward.

No difference pointed out in tests

The department, in its Covid19 bulletin since it began using RATs around July 10, has never differentiated the number of RtPCR, RATs, TrueNat & CBNAAT tests, (the latter two typically used to test for tuberculosis but repurposed for testing for Covid19).

This, according to doctors, leaves a huge question mark on the number of true positive Covid19

 cases as no information is being released by the health department on how many RATs are being conducted each day, how many of these results are positive and whether those testing negative are being retested using the RTPCR tests.

It is believed that if the state follows ICMR guidelines properly with respect to RATs, then the daily Covid19 case load will show a significant increase.

Relocated patients lack oxygen in OGH

 The recent flooding of the Osmania General Hospital, it is learnt, has led to massive lapses in patient care. A few days ago, moderate rains led to several wards in the hos• pital being flooded with sewage water from a nearby nala.

Sources told Deccan Chronicle that all patients who were housed in the old building, which was flooded, were moved to the Quli Qutub Shah block.

A source within the hospital, on the condition of anonymity said that none of the relocated patients have access to oxygen ports or ventilators. These include postoperative patients and those requiring intensive care.

In one of the floors, a large hall has been filled with mattresses, "like a place for refugees".This morning, one of them was gasping for air and needed oxygen, but we didn't have any to give him," the source said.

Those who urgently need ventilators or oxygen are awaiting for a spot in the respiratory inten sive care unit (RICU). which was already full before the new patients were moved to the building.

Doctors working in the hospital believe there have been nearly 100 deaths in the general wards in the past few days, mostly because of the lack of oxygen, ventilator support and lack of proper attention. Many patients have been placed very close to each other, thereby increasing the chance of spread of Covid19.

Several of the operating theatres are located in the old building. The doctors have no instructions as to whether operations can continue to happen there, or if there are alternative arrangements. Sources said that postoperative patients are generally kept close to the operating theatre to prevent strain on the body, hence a system of transporting them to an entirely different building is not feasible. "We cannot go on like this. People will die by the dozen if the authorities don't come up with a solution urgently. The dislocated patients urgently need oxygen and ventilators," said one employee of the hospital.

Bakrid to be a lowkey affair this year

 With less than a fortnight to go for Id ul Zuha (Bakrid), there is confusion over whether Muslims will be able to perform udhiya (qurbani). The festival, which may fall possibly on August 1, is likely to be a lowkey affair.

Muslims in the city every year sacrifice more than 30,000 rams and more than 12,000 bulls and calves. Usually, sacrificial animals are brought to Hyderabad from Gqjarat, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. Karnataka, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh. Every yeal; many people used to trade the sacrificial animals. These traders are not sure that this time they will be able to sell the animals due to possible restrictions from the police and the GHMC. Chances of supply of animals from the neighbouring states are very less. Possible restrictions on transporting animals may result in a hike in prices.

Syed Shahid Ali, who brings sheep from the neighbouring districts every year, said the vehicles carrying them may not be allowed to enter the city as thousands of residents will come in contact with each other during the trade. He felt that people are not showing interest in purchasing cattle.

He pointed out that there is a fear associated with qurbani as the butcher would go from home to home and can be a carrier of the Coronavirus.

Because of these factors, there is a notion that instead of sacrificing an ani mal one can pay the cost of Udhiyah to needy persons, particularly Coronavirus victims or those who have suffered due to lockdown. Islamic theologians said that giving alms is not a substitute for the Udhiya Maulana Abdur Raheem Khurram Jamal said Islam has very clear guidelines regarding Udhiyah from the type of animal to the timeframe after the Id ul Zuha. Islam does not leave ambiguity whatsoever in regards the who can perform the sacrifice and how, when and where it can.

Only those who possess adequate antibodies to fight Covid can donate plasma, says Tamilisai

Gov. urges recovered patients to donate plasma

 Governor Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan has appealed to all patients who have recovered from Covid19 to donate plasma and help treat those still suffering from the disease. The Governor's appeal came during her visit to the ESI Medical College at Sanatnagar, where she inspected the Covid19 plasma blood bank on Saturday

After interacting with the hospital and the blood

 THE GOVERNOR appreciated plasma donor Santosh's coming forward to do so, for his humanitarian gesture, and said that he was a role model for many prospective donors.

bank staff. the Governor told the media that there need not be any misconceptions about plasma donation. 'All the people who have recovered are not eligible to donate plasma. Only those who possess adequate antibodies to fight Covid19 are eligible to do so," she said.

Dr Soundararajan said plasma therapy was one of the vital ways to save the lives of Covid19 patients who are in a serious condition.

On her efforts to provide confidence among people over facing Covid19 and improve treatment facilities, Dr Soundararajan said she does not see herself as the Governor.  Not as the First Citizen of Telangana, but as one among the common people. I am for the constructive work and I am here to cooperate and complement the services of the government to the people of the state."

The Governor appreciated plasma donor Santosh's coming forward to do so, for his humanitarian gesture, and said that he was a role model for many prospective donors. She lauded the services of Dr Srinivas of ESIC, terming him as a Covid19 warrior who beat the disease.

Governor Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan checks a positive air pressure respirator suit, provided to ES! Medical College, Sanatnagar, by the defence ministry, on Saturday. Hospital superintendent Dr Srinivas said the suit has a battery powered motor that pumps in clean filtered air to the person wearing it and the exhaled air is filtered and clean air is let out.


International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad (IIITH) conducted its 19th convocation online this year due to the Covid19 pandemic and livestreamed the e•Convocation. It graduated 459 students and a record number of 11 PhDs and 86 Masters with a thesis.

Sadaria Aanshul Ashwin Kumar, BTech, Computer Science and Engineering (CSE), was awarded the gold medal of his academic performance. The BTech best allrounder award was won by Kanay Gupta (CSE). Thirteen students received programme gold medals.

A total of 130 companies registered for conducting placements and made job offers to graduating students. Of these, 58 had visited and 50 made offers. The institute has achieved 97 per cent placements as of today.


The Telangana High Court has directed officials to test the seeds being sold by traders in Mulugu district, following petitions that the seeds were spurious and did not meet the prescribed standards of generic purity and germination, A division bench headed by Chief Justice Raghavendra Singh Chauhan ordered the Mulugu district agriculture officer to collect the seeds being sold in Venkatapuram mandal and test them to check their purity The officer has to file a report to the court.

The petitioner submitted in the PIL that the seed traders had formed a syndicate and were forcing farmers to take spurious chilli seeds for cultivation. He complained that action was not being taken against such traders by the district officers despite several complaints over the years.