Vijayawada: Andhra Pradesh crossed the four-lakh mark as the total number of COVID-19 cases in the state reached 4,03,616 after it reported 10,526 new cases on 28 August. The death toll, meanwhile, touched 3,714 after 81 new fatalities. On a good note, over three lakh COVID-19 patients have recovered from the virus so far.
Andhra Pradesh has become the third state in the country after Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu to record four lakh COVID-19 cases.
The state reported its first COVID-19 case on 12 March. By 20 July, Andhra Pradesh had breached the 50,000-mark and on 27 July it had reported one lakh coronavirus cases. It added another one lakh cases in just 11 days as the total number of positive cases surged to two lakh on 7 August. On 18 August, the state reported three lakh cases and on 28 August it had reached four lakh.
The state's positivity rate stands at 11.4 per cent, above the national average of 8.57 per cent. The mortality rate is 0.92 per cent lower than the national average of around 1.8 per cent.
According to a media bulletin released by the state command control room, two districts recorded over 1,000 new cases even as 61,331 samples were tested in the last 24 hours.
East Godavari district reported the highest number of cases with 1,178 people testing positive, followed by 1,151 in Nellore district. Krishna district reported only 414 new infections, which took its tally to 15,380 - the lowest in the state. It also has the lowest number of active cases, 2,289.
With more than 8,463 patients recovering in the past 24 hours, overall recoveries stand at 3,03,711 which means the number of active cases stands at 96,191. The recovery rate in Andhra Pradesh is 75.24 per cent.
Of the 81 deaths reported in the past 24 hours, 10 were reported in Chittoor and nine in Kadapa. Eight deaths each were reported in Nellore, Prakasam, and West Godavari districts. Six deaths each were reported in East Godavari, Kurnool, and Visakhapatnam districts while five deaths each were reported in Anantapur, Krishan, and Srikakulam districts. Meanwhile, Guntur reported four COVID-19 deaths while Vizianagaram reported one.