An 11-month-old baby from Aspiri mandal in Kurnool is among the newly-infected cases, sending the district officials into an overdrive mode. Among the 82 cases registered on Tuesday, Kurnool alone contributed 40, followed by Guntur (17), Krishna (13), Kadapa (7), Nellore (3) and Anantapur and Chittoor (1 case each).
Kurnool became the first district in the state to reach the 300-milestone on Tuesday with a total caseload of 332, followed by Guntur (254 cases) and Krishna (223). These three districts are the worst-affected in the state, accounting for nearly 64% of the cases in AP.
After Vijayawada, Kurnool and Guntur, Narasaraopet has turned into a new epicentre with the town registering nearly 70 positive cases in the last few days. About 50 persons acquired the disease in a particular area of the town.
According to state health authorities, 31 frontline medical personnel have been infected with the pandemic as of date, including 12 doctors, 12 nursing staff, two pharmacists and five sanitary staff. The state has now reported 80 or more cases four times in the last six days. But state officials attribute the higher volumes to aggressive testing in the identified clusters and red zones.
Special chief secretary, medical, health and family welfare, KS Jawahar Reddy said the percentage of Covid-19 positive cases in AP stands at 1.57%.
“This is way less than the country’s average of 4.2 %. Fortunately, about 90% new cases reported every day are emerging from the existing clusters,” said Reddy. He said case doubling time in the state now stands at 9.8 days compared to the national average of 8.5 days.
Meanwhile, 23 Covid-19 patients were declared cured, taking the recovered tally of the state to 258. As many as 12 people were discharged in Kurnool, followed by 10 in Guntur and one in Nellore.