The total number of cases in Andhra Pradesh rose to 20,34,786 across the state till Wednesday. Meanwhile, the death toll has risen to 14,044 with 14 new deaths in the last twenty-four hours, including three each in Chittoor and Guntur, two each in Krishna, West Godavari and Prakasam, one each in Nellore and Visakhapatnam districts. On Wednesday, 1367 new cases were registered in the last 24 hours. On Thursday, 1248 new patients were cured today, taking the total number of recoveries to 20,06,034 and there are currently 14,603 active cases. As per district wise data, 288 new cases were reported in East Godavari, followed by Chittoor with 217 cases, Krishna in 155 while Kurnool district did not report 3 cases. Andhra Pradesh conducted 61,178 Covid-19 tests in the last twenty four hours, taking the total to around 2.75 crore tests across the state.
Giving information about the COVID-19 situation in India, the Health Ministry said that Kerala has more than 1.99 lakh active cases, while five other states - Mizoram, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra have more than 10,000 active cases. . Dr. Balram Bhargava, Director General, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said during the press briefing, “We are seeing some decreasing infections in Kerala. Other states are also on their way to avoid future surge. Festivals are approaching. And the sudden increase in population density creates a favorable environment for the spread of the virus," he said.
Expressing similar concerns, Dr VK Paul, member of NITI Aayog and head of the National COVID Task Force, said that the coming two-three months are crucial as the growth of COVID should not be allowed anywhere in the country.