Vijayawada: The daily Covid-19 cases in Andhra Pradesh jumped to a new high on Wednesday after the state added 585 new cases, taking the overall tally to 8,95,121.

Andhra Pradesh breached 500 daily Covid-19 cases for the first time in 2021. Also, this is the highest single-day case in 100 days. On December 17, 2020, the state had reported 534 cases.

The state reported four new deaths on March 24 taking the total death toll to 7,197. One each patient from Chittoor, Guntur, Kurnool and Visakhapatnam districts succumbed to the virus.

As many as 251 patients were declared cured and discharged from various hospitals across the state. There are currently 2,946 active cases with 8,84,978 cumulative recoveries.

Chittoor reported 128 new infections, the highest in the state on Wednesday, followed by Guntur (99), Visakhapatnam (81), Krishna (63), East Godavari (42), Anantapur (36), Kurnool (35), Nellore (23), Srikakulam (22), West Godavari (20), Prakasam (16), Vizianagaram (12) and YSR Kadapa (8)

Also, Chittoor alone has 544 active cases, followed by East Godavari (490), Krishna (360), Visakhapatnam (293), Guntur (275), Kurnool (252).

The government tested 35,066 citizens on Wednesday. So far, 1,48,40,401 samples have been tested in the state. Samples tested per million population stand at 2,77,910. Andhra Pradesh so far conducted samples with tests per million and the overall positivity rate of 6.03 per cent.

The spike in COVID cases and the rise in temperature with the advent of summer have prompted the School Education Department to run schools for half-day from April 1.

The schools will function from 7:45 am to 12:30 pm for students of class I to X. Mid-day meals will be served to students at 12.30 pm. All the schools have been instructed to imply.

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