Vijayawada: Andhra Pradesh became the fifth state in the country and third in south India, after Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, to cross the 50,000 mark in terms of COVID-19 cases. The state has so far recorded 53,724 cases, including 696 deaths. On 20 July, the state reported 4,074 new cases and 54 deaths.

Andhra Pradesh reported its first COVID-19 case on 12 March after a student who returned to Nellore from Italy tested positive for the virus. Since then, the state has been registering thousands of cases every day, while the recovery rate has plummeted to 45.09 per cent, the third-lowest among all states. The baffling surge in the number of positive cases and the death toll has put a burden on the health infrastructure. However, the mortality rate is stable at 1.29 per cent.

Of the 54 new fatalities in the past 24 hours, nine each were reported in East Godavari and Guntur districts, seven in Krishna, six in Anantapur, five each in Chittoor, Srikakulam, and Vizag districts. Three deaths each were reported in Kurnool and West Godavari districts, while one each was reported in Kadapa and Vizianagaram districts. East Godavari, meanwhile, continues to witness an alarming spike in new cases in spite of strict restrictions in the district.

So far, 24,228 COVID patients have recovered and have been discharged from various hospitals in the state.

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