Amaravati, May 3 :
*CCMB noticed N-440K strain first in Kurnool
*TDP demands ‘lockdown’ to save lives
*N-440K causes 10 times more harm than other strains
The Telugu Desam Party (TDP), at a meeting presided over by party National President and former CM Chandrababu Naidu, discussed in detail on Monday about the immediate threat that would be posed by the rapidly spreading N-440K variant of the dreaded Coronavirus in Andhra Pradesh.
During the discussion, the leaders raised the point how the scientists were describing the N-440K strain as the most dangerous of all in the Covid-19 family. It has the ability to cause 10 times more harm to human lives when compared to other strains. As such, the TDP leaders took several tough decisions unanimously at today’s meeting.
As an effective step to tackle the dangerous strain, the TDP demanded the Jaganmohan Reddy Government to impose ‘lockdown’ immediately in the State. The scientists of the Hyderabad-based Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) first discovered the N-440K strain in Kurnool samples. This dangerous variant had already spread up to 30 percent among the existing patients and it was spreading at a much faster pace.
In view of this, the TDP said that the availability of hospital beds and supply of oxygen should be enhanced without further delay. Already, the Orissa State Government has announced a 14-day lockdown. Similar tough measures were required in Andhra Pradesh on a war-footing and with stronger focus. Saving the lives of the people should be the immediate concern for the rulers but not any other issue.
The TDP leaders referred to how Principal Secretary of Health Anil Kumar Singhal has already admitted that there was a paucity of beds in the State. Together with shortage of vaccine and oxygen, this was going to create havoc and cause a calamity in AP. The lockdown would be the only solution and option for the Government to prevent such a disaster which was waiting to happen anytime now.
The TDP leaders said that already, other States have placed huge orders for vaccine procurement to save the lives of their people. The AP Government should also take similar measures. There would be no shortage of funds if the ruling party leaders would spare the large scale commissions in the sale of liquor and sand. Over Rs. 3,000 Cr was misused wastefully just for the sake of giving party colours to the Government buildings.
The TDP demanded for use of public funds for people-friendly activities like the mitigation of suffering during this dangerous threat from Covid N-440K strain. The present rulers were giving sole focus to wasteful expenditure on advertisements and publicity. Full front page advertisements were being given to Saksi while there were no funds to buy the vaccine. The misuse should be stopped immediately and a package should be given to the Covid victims.
The TDP said that the medical staff should be reinforced without any delay. The rulers should divert their attention from harassing the Opposition leaders with false cases to containing the Coronavirus epidemic in the State.