Amaravati: Deaths on account of Covid-19 crossed the 4,000-mark in Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday, on a day when the Union Health Ministry expressed concern over the predominant prevalence of the virus in five states. With 84 deaths in one day on Tuesday, the total toll rose to 4,053. The state claims to have conducted 37,82,746 tests as of Tuesday.

Andhra Pradesh is next only to Maharashtra, followed by Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Madhya Pradesh, after reporting more than 10,000 positive cases over the last several days. The state, according to special chief secretary health KS Jawahar Reddy, has reported 72,000 cases in the last seven days.

The average doubling rate is currently 30 days, while the reproductive rate between August 23 and 29 is at 1.09 per cent. “In a span of one week, over 72,000 cases have been registered, which is 56 per cent in rural and 44 per cent in urban areas. Close to 96 per cent of the cases are coming from containment zones and only four per cent from non-containment zones,” he elaborated.

Reddy said the main focus is on further reducing the Covid-19 mortality rate. While Nellore, Chittoor, and Prakasam districts registered an increase in deaths, Anantapur, Guntur, Krishna, Visakhapatnam and Srikakulam witnessed a decline.

Similarly, the number of positive cases increased by 6.26 per cent after registering an additional 8139 cases. While Anantapur, Guntur, Krishna, Kurnool, and Vizianagaram witnessed a steady decline in the positive cases, the number increased in Nellore, Prakasam, and Srikakulam districts.

The government had conducted Sero-Surveillance in four districts of Anantapur, East Godavari, Krishna, and Nellore. Analysis on the presence of IgG Antibodies indicated that the virus is prevalent in 16.7 per cent population of Anantapur district, 14.4 per cent in East Godavari, 21.7 per cent in Krishna, and 8.2 per cent in Nellore. It was also identified that a majority of prevalence was seen in urban areas and equally in non-containment zones. The government is now planning to conduct sero surveillance in all the nine other districts.

The state government is taking up an awareness campaign on the use of masks in partnership with UNICEF in order to contain the spread of the virus.


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