The city of Visakhapatnam has witnessed a recent surge in COVID-19 cases, reporting a total of 10 positive cases as of Saturday.
According to Ashok Kumar, the superintendent of KGH, out of the 21 samples tested on Friday, six have turned out positive. Additionally, from the 24 samples tested on Saturday, four have been confirmed positive.
However, officials have not yet confirmed whether these cases are linked to the new JN1 variant. To determine this, blood samples of the affected individuals have been sent for genome sequencing, and results are awaited.
Addressing concerns, Mayor Golagani Hari Venkata Kumari assured the public that necessary arrangements have been made to manage the COVID cases. This includes the setup of isolation wards equipped with oxygen beds. The Mayor directed GVMC officials to intensify cleaning measures, such as bleaching, fogging, and spraying, in addition to regular sanitation operations.
Furthermore, Venkata Kumari urged ANMs (Auxiliary Nurse Midwives) and Asha workers to conduct thorough surveys at the community level to identify cases of fever in households.
GVMC Commissioner Srikanth Varma confirmed that infected individuals are currently undergoing treatment while in home isolation after undergoing essential medical examinations.
To prevent the spread of COVID-19, zone commissioners and AMHOs (Assistant Medical Health Officers) have been instructed to enforce strict measures.
Authorities emphasize the need for vigilance and cooperation from citizens in following safety protocols to curb the spread of the virus in Visakhapatnam.