With the number of cases of Coronavirus on the rise, every state is adopting different strategies from triple lockdowns to improving health surveillance to increasing health care spending. The south Indian state of Andhra Pradesh has so far conducted over 10 lakh tests Covid-19 tests and is the third Indian state to achieve such a feat after Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra, and the third Indian state with highest tests per million after Delhi and Jammu and Kashmir. Andhra Pradesh also stands among the few states with less than a 2% positivity rate at 1.84%.
In this episode Suno India editor Padma Priya spoke with Addl CS to Andhra Pradesh Dr PV Ramesh who is an International Development and Public Health Professional. They discussed the COVID Management strategy of Andhra Pradesh. He mentioned how increasingly they are recording cases where they are unable to find the source of infection & why it is important to accept community transmission. He also said that the virus is here to stay and the strategy should not be to wait for the vaccine but to educate the communities on social distancing and on mask and hand hygiene.