Vijayawada: Continuing the upward trend in daily cases, Andhra Pradesh reported 261 fresh COVID-19 cases, the highest in the last 55 days, on 16 March, pushing the total positive cases in the state to 8,92,269. Over the past week, the state has registered 100 to 170 infections daily.

So far, over 1,45,80,783 crore tests have been completed that turned out an overall infection positivity rate of 6.12 per cent.

In the 24 hours ending 9 a.m on Tuesday, the state reported 125 recoveries and fortunately no deaths were reported. The 261 new infections emerged from over 23,417 samples tested during the period.

Guntur recorded the highest one-day surge with 41 new cases, followed by 39 in Visakhapatnam, 37 in Chittoor, 34 in Krishna, 28 in East Godavari, 25 in Anantapur, 20 in Kurnool, 11 in Nellore, and 10 in Kadapa. Only three districts reported new infections in single digits and Vizianagaram did not report any fresh cases on Tuesday.

As the recoveries were less than half of the new cases, the active caseload shot past 1,579. The overall recoveries stood at 8,83,505.

Chittoor district has the highest number of active cases (484) followed by Krishna (214) while Vizianagaram has the lowest, 22 cases. With a spike in daily cases, the active infections in East Godavari, Guntur, Chittoor, and Visakhapatnam is increasing rapidly.

The death toll remained at 7,185 on Tuesday. Chittoor district has reported the highest deaths (857) due to the virus followed by Krishna (682), Guntur (672), East Godavari (636), Anantapur (601), Prakasam (580), Visakhapatnam (568), West Godavari (542), Nellore (509), Kurnool (490), YSR Kadapa (463), Srikakulam (347), and Vizianagaram (238).

Dr. P.V Sudhakar, the principal of Andhra Medical College and special COVID-19 officer in the Vizag region, said that wearing face masks, following social distancing and hand hygiene, and taking the vaccine remains the key tools to contain the spread of COVID-19.

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