Vijayawada: COVID-19 cases in Andhra Pradesh crossed the six-lakh mark on 17 September after the state reported 8,702 new cases taking the total to 6,01,462. Meanwhile, the death toll rose to 5,177 after 72 people died of the virus on Thursday.

Andhra Pradesh has become the second state in the country after Maharashtra to record six lakh COVID-19 cases.

On a brighter note, 10,712 patients have recovered from the virus in the past 24 hours. So far, 5,08,088 people have recovered in Andhra Pradesh and the state now has only 88,197 active COVID-19 cases. The recovery rate in AP stands at 84.47 per cent.

Also, 77,492 samples were tested in the state in the past 24 hours taking the total tally to 48.84 lakh.

Andhra Pradesh reported its first COVID-19 case on 12 March and by 27 July the state had already breached the one-lakh mark. On 7 August, the number of cases crossed the two-lakh mark and by 18 August the state had reported three lakh COVID-19 cases. On 28 August, the number of cases rose to four lakh and on 7 September, the tally rose to five lakh. It took just 10 days for the tally to reach six lakh.

Two districts in Andhra Pradesh reported more than 1,000 COVID-19 cases on Thursday. East Godavari continued to report the highest number of cases in the state as the district registered 1,383 new cases on Thursday. West Godavari, meanwhile, saw 1,064 new cases and Chittoor reported 905 cases. With 526 new cases, Vizianagaram district crossed the 30,000-mark as the number of cases in the district rose to 30,029.

Andhra Andhra Pradesh has tested 91,468 samples per million persons, more than double the national average of 43,667 tests. The state’s positivity rate stands at 12.31 per cent, above the national average of 8.45 per cent.

Officials of the medical and health department said Prakasam district has the highest number of active cases with 12,411 patients while East Godavari has the highest number of recoveries at 69,939.

Of the 5,177 total casualties in the state, Chittoor accounts for 564 deaths, Guntur 481, and East Godavari 472. On Thursday, the death toll in Prakasam crossed the 400-mark even as the number of COVID-19 deaths in Srikakulam district touched 300.

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