VISAKHAPATNAM: A ruling party legislator from Vizianagaram tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday as Andhra Pradesh reported 443 Covid-19 cases and five more deaths.
While the cumulative caseload rose to 9,372, authorities said the fresh deaths were reported from Krishna, Kurnool, Anantapur, West Godavari and Visakhapatnam districts, raising the death toll to 111.
The MLA recently returned from the USA after visiting his daughter and also attended the state assembly session and participated in the Rajya Sabha voting. He is now under home quarantine. The personal security guards and driver of the legislator are also positive for the virus.
As many as 128 people were discharged from various treating facilities on Monday. There are currently 4,826 active cases in Andhra Pradesh with 4,435 cumulative recoveries and 111 deaths. The recovery rate has further declined to 47 percent with the sudden spurt in the cases in the last three weeks during the unlock 1.0. The state registered 5,696 cases in June alone, translating into a 61% caseload of the state.
Altogether 1,921 people, who returned from other states and countries, were found positive for the disease. When it comes to local infections, Kurnool district has the highest number of infections with 1,354 cases, followed by Krishna 1,063, Anantapur 870, Guntur 807 and East Godavari 619.
As many as 793 returnees from Maharashtra were diagnosed with the disease, followed by Tamil Nadu 334, Telangana 232, Delhi 77 and Gujarat 46. Of the 337 Covid-19 infections among the foreign returnees, Kuwait alone contributed 299 cases, followed by Saudi Arabia 10, Qatar 7 and Indonesia 5.
About 60 percent of the 1584 cases from other states were already discharged from the hospitals, while the recovery rate among the foreign returnees stood at only 15%.
Andhra Pradesh tested about 16,000 people between 9 am on Sunday and 9 am on Monday. Anantapur reported 70 cases on Monday.

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