Vijayawada: YSRCP MP and close confident of AP Chief Minister, Vijay Sai Reddy has placed himself under home quarantine,four days after he was tested for COVID. The parliamentarian took to a social networking site to disclose the news.

He said, " In view of the COVID situation I have decided to quarantine myself for a week to ten days as a mark of abundant caution, I will not be available on telephone except for emergency. The tweet received wishes for speedy recovery from his followers.

Earlier in the week, a senior IAS officer heading the health department of Andhra Pradesh was also tested positive for COVID.

Even as Andhra Pradesh reported 62 COVID-19 deaths, the highest in a single day, on 21 July, the data released by the ministry of health and family welfare (MoHFW) showed that that state's COVID positivity rate is lower than the national average.

India's positivity rate, the average rate of samples that test positive, stands at 8.07 per cent, while Andhra Pradesh's positivity rate is the fourth lowest in the country at 4.16 per cent, the MoHFW data showed. Rajasthan has the lowest positivity rate at only 2.46 per cent.

Andhra Pradesh has to date tested 13,86,274 samples. Just in the past 24 hours, it tested 37,162 samples, of which 4,994 were positive. The testing rate in Andhra is one of the highest in the country with close to 26,546 tests per million. The test rate in the country per million is 10,416.

The number of COVID-19 cases in the state increased after the lockdown was completely lifted. On 1 July, the total number of confirmed cases was only 15,252, while on 21 July it had increased to 32,336. The number of positive cases in the state has increased by 17,084 in the past 20 days.

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