Visakhapatnam: Andhra Pradesh reported 1,728 fresh Covid-19 cases on Thursday, taking the state’s cumulative caseload to 8,49,705. For the fourth consecutive day, the state recorded less than 2,000 cases. The toll, meanwhile, increased to 6,837 as nine more people succumbed to the virus.
As many as 1,777 patients were declared cured. There are currently 20,857 active cases with 8,22,011 cumulative recoveries so far in the state. The number of active cases is less than 1,000 in seven districts.
East Godavari district reported 290 fresh infections, followed by West Godavari (239), Krishna (223), Guntur (212) and Chittoor (206). The other eight districts recorded fewer than 100 cases with Kurnool and Vizianagaram districts posting as low as 36 and 42 cases, respectively. Of the nine deaths, three were from Chittoor, two from Krishna and one each from Anantapur, East Godavari, Guntur and West Godavari districts.
AP has so far conducted 89.4 lakh tests, including 77,148 people tested for the disease on Thursday. The state’s overall case positivity rate has been on the decline and stands now at 9.5 per cent in tandem with decreasing daily infection numbers. Mortality rate remains stable at 0.8 per cent.

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