Amravati: Public Policy experts at India’s think tank, NITI Aayog, have opined that even with Andhra Pradesh performing high per million population tests for COVID-19, it still needs to be ramped up. As per Urvashi Prasad, the state currently has 12 districts that fall into the list of top 30 districts with highest Covid positive cases.

Guntur, Kurnool, Chittoor, SPS Nellore, YSR Kadapa, Anantapur, East Godavari, West Godavari, Prakasam, Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam, and Srikakulam are among the 30 top districts of the country with the highest COVID cases.

As per Urvashi’s analysis, this means that the infection has spread across the state. AP has a total of 13 districts.

Further, Guntur, Kurnool, East Godavari, and Chittoor are in the list of top 30 districts of the country that have the highest number of deaths. However, AP’s fatality rate is still ranked below one percent.

Till August 25, the total cases per million population in the state are 6961, which is higher than the national average of 2387. The number of active cases in the state is 1684 (per million population) and is higher than the national average of 520.

The total deaths per million population in the state, as per the expert, are 65. This figure is also above the national average of 44.

Urvashi said the positivity rate needs to be brought down further. She noted that with 62,873 tests per million population, the state’s testing rate is double than the national average of 30,416 tests per million population.

“AP is one of the best performers when it comes to testing. However, the cumulative positivity rate of the state is currently around 7 percent, and it should be brought down to 5 percent,” she said.

On August 25, the positivity rate in the state was 15 percent, which indicates that tests need to be increased even further to keep pace with the spread of the infection.

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Tests per million being conducted nationally/ Source: Urvashi Prasad

“AP’s cumulative fatality rate is thus far lower than 1% which is good. The focus should be on maintaining a low fatality rate. This can be done through home isolation of asymptomatic individuals equipped with pulse oximeters as well as timely hospitalization of patients with moderate or severe symptoms,” Urvashi said.

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Cumulative case fatality rate nationally/ Source: Urvashi Prasad

AP reported 10,830 fresh cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday taking the total tally to 3, 82,469.

Priyali Dhingra

Priyali Dhingra is a post graduate in Communication Studies from Hyderabad Central University. She has previously worked as a photojournalist, editorial, and graphic design intern in The Indian Express, Newslaundry, and NDTV. Reigning from Delhi, she has an avid interest in photojournalism, and all things visual. She has also represented India as a delegate in the JENESYS 2019 Student Exchange Program with the Government of Japan. Having pursued her graduation in history from Delhi University, she was also a part of her college's theatre society. Her primary interests include: photography, poetry & politics.

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