AMARAVATI: YSRC parliamentary party leader V Vijayasai Reddy explained to Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the state government had conducted Covid-19 tests on about 20% of the state’s population. He told the prime minister that AP is spending close to Rs 10 crore per day for containment of Covid-19. Vijayasai Reddy participated in a video-conference held by PM Modi on Friday.
Vijayasai thanked the PM for extending full support to the state government in the battle against Covid-19 in the last eight months. He lauded the PM’s decision to give high priority to healthcare workers in the administration of vaccine. He said that chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy took a bold decision to screen as many as possible without worrying about consequences.
Vijayasai said that AP is one of the few states that conducted very high number of Covid-19 tests in the country. He said that the state government has been spending Rs.4.57 crore per day exclusively for Covid-19 tests. He said that the state government had created massive infrastructure for Covid-19 tests in a very short duration as the labs, which had zero screening capacity in the past, were ramped up to carry out nearly one lakh tests per day.
Vijayasai Reddy said that the chief minister had decided to deploy nearly 432 ambulances of 108 and 656 ambulances of 104 to help Covid-19 patients. He urged the prime minister to extend liberal financial assistance to the state keeping in view of the state’s financial constraints.