COVID-19: AP tally touches 893, death toll 27

Amaravati, April 23 (IANS) With 80 new cases surfacing, the COVID-19 tally in Andhra Pradesh jumped to 893 by Thursday morning. The state nodal officer informed that of the 6522 samples tested during the 24 hours ending 10 a.m. on Thursday, 80 people tested positive.

Yet again, the majority of coronavirus cases were reported from Kurnool and Guntur districts. Kurnool district reported 31 new cases, taking its tally to 234, while Guntur district's tally touched 195, with 18 new cases reported during this period.

Meanwhile, following 3 more deaths, the death toll in the state further climbed to 27. With 141 persons discharged from hospitals, the effective tally of coronavirus cases in Andhra Pradesh stands at 725.

The state has accelerated the pace of testing in the last few days and has also clamped down on the red zones spread across 132 mandals in the state. The maximum impact of the COVID-19 has been felt in Kurnool, Guntur, Krishna, Chittor, and Nellore, Kadapa and Prakasam districts, which have reported the bulk of positive cases in the state.

While the state has conducted 48,034 tests till date, on Wednesday alone, 6,520 tests were conducted. According to officials, the state is conducting tests at the rate of 961 tests per million persons of the population. The testing rate is expected to go up further in the days ahead.



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