Vijayawada: Andhra Pradesh, on 15 July, reported a record 2,432 new COVID-19 cases and the highest number of deaths in a single day, 44. The death toll in the state has now reached 452 while the total number of COVID-19 cases stands at 35,451.

A surge in COVID-19 cases and deaths is posing a challenge to the Andhra Pradesh government, with officials expecting a peak in numbers in the coming weeks. Two of the 13 districts in the state reported more than 400 cases on Wednesday with Guntur reporting the highest, 468 cases, followed by Kurnool, 403 cases.

Anantapur and West Godavari districts reported nine COVID deaths each in the past 24 hours while Kurnool saw five deaths. Four deaths each were reported from Chittoor, East Godavari, and Vizag districts. Two deaths each were reported from Kadapa, Krishna, and Prakasam districts, while one death each was reported from Nellore, Srikakulam, and Vizianagaram.

A total of 22,197 samples were tested in the past 24 hours of which 2,432 tested positive. These include 2,412 people from Andhra Pradesh and 20 from other states.

Meanwhile, 805 patients from Andhra Pradesh have recovered and been discharged from various hospitals in the state in the past 24 hours. With this, the number of discharged patients has reached 18,378. The number of active COVID-19 cases in the state as of now stands at 16,621.

On the death toll front, Kurnool district continued to see the highest number of deaths (113) followed by Krishna (85) and Anantapur (49). Chittoor has reported 33 deaths, while Guntur and West Godavari have seen 32 deaths each. Vizag district saw 22 COVID deaths and East Godavari registered 21. Vizianagaram district has the lowest COVID-19 deaths reporting only 10 so far.

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