Vijayawada: Andhra Pradesh crossed the 20 lakh mark after it reported 1,435 new COVID-19 cases on Friday taking the total number of cases in the state to 20,00,038. The death toll also increased to 13,702 as six more patients died of the virus.
Meanwhile, as many as 1,695 patients recovered leading to a drop in the active number of cases to 15,472. The state's total recoveries stood at 19,70,864.
Chittor reported 199 new infections followed by Nellore (190), East Godavari (178), Krishna (175), West Godavari (154) Guntur (133), and Prakasam (109). Six districts - Anantapur, YSR Kadapa, Kurnool, Srikakulam, Visakhapatnam, and Vizianagaram - recorded less than 100 cases with Kurnool recording the lowest, only 19 cases.
Two deaths each were reported in Chittoor, Krishna, and Prakasam districts.Andhra Pradesh conducted 69,173 COVID-19 tests and detected 1,435 new cases which is 2.07 per cent. The cumulative positivity rate stood at around 7.7 per cent.
In terms of active cases in the state, East Godavari has the highest (2,669) followed by Nellore (2,499), Krishna (2,318), Chittoor (1,927), West Godavari (1,718), Guntur (1257), and Prakasam (1,206). Anantapur has the lowest number of active cases (118).
Night curfew extended
The Andhra Pradesh government on Friday further extended the ongoing night curfew in the state till 4 September. The principal secretary of health and family welfare, Anil Kumar Singhal, issued the orders extending the curfew for another fortnight. "District collectors, superintendents of police, and commissioners must strictly enforce these rules," said Mr. Singhal.
This decision was taken after a thorough review of the COVID-19 situation and keeping in view the number of positive cases.
The state has also ordered that not more than 150 persons will be allowed at marriages, functions, and religious events. Following COVID-appropriate behaviour is mandatory at all congregations, it said. Any violation will attract action under Sections 51 to 60 of the Disaster Management Act 2005, Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code, and other applicable laws.