Among the dead was a 50-year-old journalist working for a Tamil television channel in Tirupati. He had been admitted to a COVID care facility last week and lost his battle against the dreaded virus today.
A staggering 5,041 Covid-19 cases, the single largest number in a day so far, were registered in Andhra Pradesh as the overall aggregate inched closer to the 50,000 mark on Sunday. Also, the state saw the highest spike in deaths in a day as 56 coronavirus patients succumbed, pushing the toll to 642, a government bulletin said. Among the dead was a 50-year-old journalist working for a Tamil television channel in Tirupati. He had been admitted to a COVID care facility last week and lost his battle against the dreaded virus today. It took three months for the state to register the first 5,000 coronavirus cases, from March 12 when the first one was reported. But it happened in a matter of a day as AP has been clearly witnessing a massive surge in the infection rate, particularly in the last one week when the number rose from 29,168 to 49,650. It said 1,106 patients got cured and discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours.
After 31,148 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours ending 9 am on Sunday, the aggregate number of people screened for coronavirus in the state crossed the 13 lakh-mark to reach 13.15 lakh at the rate of 24,635 per million population and a positivity rate of 3.77 per cent.
As the number of cases has been shooting up over the past few days, the recovery rate fell further to 46.10 per cent
after a total of 22,890 patients got cured, the government data said. There are now 26,118 active cases in the state.
East Godavari district now topped the state in the total number of Covid-19 positive cases with 6,146, pushing Kurnool to the second spot with 6,045 cases. Anantapuramu district also crossed the 5,000 cases mark as it showed an overall tally of 5,141 on Sunday.