VISAKHAPATNAM: The Covid-19 toll in Andhra Pradesh crossed the 1,000 mark with 56 more deaths on Sunday. The toll now stands at 1,041 with Kurnool district contributing 162 deaths, followed by Krishna with 144 and East Godavari 122.
The state also reported 7,627 Covid-19 positive cases, taking the cumulative caseload to 96,298. Kurnool, which has turned into Covid-19 hotspot, recorded 1,212 new cases on Sunday.
AP registered its first Covid-19 death on April 3, when a 55-year-old man from Vijayawada died. Since then, the state continued to register Covid-19 casualties in single digit until the string of record daily deaths started on July 13. Even though the mortality rate remained relatively stable at 1.08 per cent, the state witnessed about 710 fatalities in the last two weeks alone.
Of the 56 deaths on Sunday, nine are from East Godavari, eight from Visakhapatnam, six from Kurnool, five each from Krishna, Nellore, Srikakulam and West Godavari, four from Chittoor, three from Vizianagaram, two each from Anantapur and Kadapa, and one each from Guntur and Prakasam.
East Godavari reported 1,095 positive cases on Sunday followed by West Godavari 859, Visakhapatnam 784 and Anantapur 734.
About 3,100 Covid-19 patients recovered from the disease on Sunday. There are currently 48,956 active cases with the 46,301 cumulative recoveries and 1,041 deaths. With the ever increasing cases, the recovery rate plummeted to 48%.
When it comes to the district-wise caseload, East Godavari with 13,486 cases contributed 14% caseload to the state’s tally, closely followed by Kurnool with 11,570 cases. But the situation is not rosy even in other districts such as Guntur 10,003 cases, Anantapur 9,723, West Godavari 8,412, Chittoor 7442, and Visakhapatnam 6,781.
The state, which is currently testing about 50,000 Covid samples a day, crossed the 16 lakh testing mark on Sunday. With this feat, Andhra Pradesh became the first state in the country to test at least 30,000 people per every million population against the national average of 11,746. The overall case positivity rate of Andhra Pradesh stood at 5.86 per cent compared to the national average of 8.51%.

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