Our aim is to identify cases early: CM Jagan Reddy
Our aim is to identify cases early: CM Jagan Reddy

A "focused testing" strategy to detect COVID-19 cases early was paying dividends as Andhra Pradesh succeeded in keeping the peak positivity rate below 20 percent, while "rigorous clinical management" ensured the mortality rate remained below one percent, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy said. Community-based targeted testing, testing of every primary and secondary contact of positive cases and testing of all high-risk category patients in containment zones have been the government's focus in combating the pandemic, he noted.

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Addressing a video conference Prime Minister Narendra Modi conducted with Chief Ministers of various states on Tuesday, Jagan said the state's ultimate objective at any point in time was to save lives by providing correct and high-quality care and treatment. "We are not only doing more tests but are doing more focused testing. We are testing in areas and groups where we feel there is a chance of higher positive cases being detected. Our aim at any point in time continues to be to identify cases early on, decrease stigma, provide correct and high-quality care and treatment and save lives," the Chief Minister said.

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The state now has 37,189 beds in 138 hospitals (government and private) for COVID-19 patients, including 4,320 ICU and 17,228 with oxygen supply facilities. The Chief Minister said apart from filling vacant posts in hospitals, 5,000 additional posts have been created to run the health facilities even after the pandemic ended. He summed up saying the state made a concerted effort towards de-stigmatization (of coronavirus) through a communication strategy that also included dissemination of epidemic literacy.

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