Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh on Friday confirmed the first death due to the novel coronarvirus in the state.

Andhra Pradesh State Nodal Officer Arja Srikanth said a 55-year-old man, who had a medical history of diabetes and heart disease, had died from the coronavirus on March 30.

“His son had gone to Delhi and returned to Vijayawada on 17th March, he too was tested positive for COVID-19. The delay in identifying the reason for his death is due to his health record. After thorough testing, it is confirmed that he died of coronavirus,” he said.

Twelve more persons tested positive for coronavirus in Andhra Pradesh since Thursday night, taking the state’s total such cases to 161.

According to a Health Department bulletin at 10 am on Friday, the new cases have been reported since 10 pm on Thursday.

Majority of the cases were reported during the last five days and almost all are Tablighi Jamaat event attendees in March or their contacts. “About 16 per cent of those who attended the Jamaat event tested positive in the state,” the state nodal officer for Covid-19 Arja Srikanth said.

Efforts were on to trace the remaining persons in all districts and conduct required tests, he added. A gross number of 1,873 samples were tested in the state since early March and 1,321 tested negative.

Among the districts, Nellore accounts for maximum 32 cases, followed by Krishna 23, Guntur 20, Kadapa 19, Prakasam 17, West Godavari 15, and Visakhapatnam 14.

The total number of coronavirus cases in India on Friday climbed to 2,301, including 156 cured and discharged and 56 deaths, said the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

At present, there are 2,301COVID-19 active cases in the country.

This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.

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