Amaravathi, April 7 (IANS) With 10 more positive cases emerging from the tests conducted during the day, Andhra Pradesh’s tally of Covid-19 cases reached 314 by Tuesday evening.

The state’s nodal officer said that eight cases were from Guntur district while the remaining two new cases were reported from Nellore and Kadapa districts.

As part of its measures to ensure appropriate treatment, the state government has reached out to private hospitals to augment the availability of ventilators. The nodal officer said that the government has decided to shift ventilators at private hospitals, coming under the ambit of the state ‘arogyasri’ health scheme, to the state-run Covid-19 hospitals.

Earlier on Tuesday, the government decided to intensify its Covid-19 containment measures with further surveys and random testing. At a review meeting chaired by Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy, the government decided to conduct a symptomatic survey focusing on senior citizens, health workers and people with symptoms.

Briefing the media after the meeting, the state’s Special Chief Secretary Jawahar Reddy said that of the 304 positive cases identified till Tuesday morning, 280 were connected to the Tablighi Jamaat event that took place in Delhi’s Nizamuddin area last month.

–IANS

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