Vijayawada: The COVID-19 death toll in Andhra Pradesh crossed the 10,000 mark on 22 May after the state recorded 118 new deaths, taking the total number of deaths in the state to 10,022.

The state recorded 19,981 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday. The state currently has 2,10,683 active cases.

The highest number of coronavirus-related deaths (1,166) was recorded in Chittoor district, followed by Krishna district (915), East Godavari (895), Guntur (890), Visakhapatnam (857), and Anantapur (834). The West Godavari district reported 758 deaths while Nellore reported 755, Prakasam 748, Kurnool 671, YSR Kadapa 529, Srikakulam 517, and Vizianagaram 487.

With a mortality rate of 0.65 per cent, Andhra Pradesh ranked 19th in the country in COVID-19 deaths. The state also registered 19,981 fresh coronavirus cases and 18,336 recoveries in a day, the health department bulletin said.

The gross positives have touched 15,62,060 while total recoveries stand at 13,41,355. East Godavari district continued to report a large number of fresh cases as it logged 3,227 more in 24 hours.

Chittoor reported 2,581 new cases and Visakhapatnam saw 2,308 new cases. Three districts reported less than 1,000 cases each while seven others added between 1,000 and 1,800 new cases each. West Godavari district reported 15 fresh fatalities in a day, Chittoor 14, East Godavari and Visakhapatnam 11 each, Guntur 10, Anantapuramu nine, and Vizianagaram eight. Meanwhile, Nellore reported seven deaths and Kadapa two.

As per the budgetary proposals for this fiscal tabled in the Legislative Assembly on Thursday, Andhra Pradesh has so far spent about Rs. 2,246 crore on multiple interventions for prevention, mitigation, and management of the pandemic. This expenditure was incurred for the establishment of laboratories and procurement of medicines, PPEs, ventilators, oxygen, and vaccines. The expense on drugs and other medical consumables alone stood at about Rs. 1,200 crore.

As of April, more than one lakh patients had availed free treatment under the scheme Arogya Sri scheme, which cost the state exchequer around Rs. 310 crore. Andhra Pradesh is the first state to include COVID-19 treatment in the list of illnesses covered under its healthcare scheme.

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