TDP Official Spokesperson Kommareddy Pattabhi Ram on Thursday accused the YSRCP Government of not making any efforts even though the Coronavirus threat was increasing day by day causing pain and suffering to the people of Andhra Pradesh.

Mr. Pattabhi deplored that AP has now risen to become Number 1 state in the country in Covid daily growth rate and also fatalities rate. AP’s daily cases growth was at an alarming 6.11 per cent as against 1.95 per cent in Maharashtra, 2.4 per cent in Telangana and 3.95 per cent in Karnataka.

Addressing a press conference in Amaravathi , the TDP leader said that over 400 deaths took place in the last one week with the daily fatality growth rate put at 4.46 per cent in AP when compared to 1.69 per cent in Maharashtra, 3.67 per cent in Karnataka and 2 per cent in Telangana. Every 10 seconds, a Covid case was being reported in AP indicating the seriousness of the situation. At the same time, AP was standing at 9th position in recoveries. AP recovery rate was just 55.9 per cent as against 65 per cent in Maharashtra, 78 per cent in Tamil Nadu, 89.9 per cent in Delhi and 71.3 per cent in Telangana.

Mr. Pattabhi slammed the Jagan Reddy regime for making ‘bogus claims’ on testing. As per the latest data released by the Centre, AP conducted just 13.09 lakh tests by August 4 while the State Government’s health bulletin claimed to have conducted a total 21.75 lakh tests by that time. When the Central list exposed bogus claims of AP previously, special chief secretary Jawahar Reddy replied that it was a technical mistake. Now, it would not be possible to make similar excuses for a second time.

Mr. Pattabhi said that the online dash board maintained by the Government was also displaying wrong figures. It showed 21,000 hospital beds and 86,000 quarantine beds as unoccupied. But the field level situation was that the virus positive patients were waiting and dying in cars and on the staircases at the hospitals for lack of Covid beds. Instead of making false claims, the Government should at least create a hope by giving better facilities and food at quarantine centres and conduct tests in time.