Vijayawada: For the first time since the outbreak of COVID-19, Andhra Pradesh, on 29 July, recorded over 10,000 new cases in a single day taking the total number of cases in the state to 1,20,390. The state also saw 65 deaths in the past 24 hours. The death toll now stands at 1,213.
Of the 10, 093 new cases reported on Wednesday, East Godavari accounted for the highest number of cases, 1,676, followed by Anantapur with 1,371 cases and Guntur with 1,124 cases. Kurnool, meanwhile, reported 1,091 cases while Visakhapatnam and Chittoor saw 841 and 819 cases, respectively.
Andhra Pradesh has conducted 70,584 tests in the past 24 hours. Officials of the medical and family welfare department said so far the state has conducted 18,20,009 tests of which 1,20,390 tested positive. That is a positivity rate of 6.61 per cent.
As the number of cases continues to rise, the state government has directed hospitals to admit patients within 30 minutes to a COVID-designated hospital, failing which action will be initiated against them. The officials said that around 32,000 beds are available in 128 district COVID hospitals and 8,000 beds in state COVID hospitals. Patients will be admitted to these hospitals based on their condition.
On the death toll front, Kurnool district has the highest deaths, 179, followed by Krishna district that has reported 157 deaths and East Godavari with 148 deaths. Guntur district reported 112 deaths, Anantapur reported 97, Chittoor 95, Visakhapatnam 92, and West Godavari reported 91 deaths. Srikakulam district has registered 65 deaths, Prakasam 53, Vizianagaram 51, Nellore 37, and Kadapa 36 deaths.