Alarmingly, deaths related to COVID-19 too have climbed in the state and the total number of fatalities now stands at 3,884.
On Sunday evening, Andhra Pradesh’s COVID-19 surpassed Tail Nadu to become the second worst-affected state with over 10,000 fresh COVID cases reported for five days in a row. This is the second time this month that Andhra Pradesh has recorded over 10,000 fresh infections for five consecutive days. Active cases in Andhra Pradesh are likely to surge past the one lakh mark today. The state’s total COVID tally has now touched 4,24,767 making it the country’s second worst-hit state. Maharashtra continues to be on top of the list with 7.64 lakh infections.
Andhra Pradesh crossed the one lakh mark on July 27 but added fresh lakh cases every 11 days. The state took just 10 days to add the recent one lakh infections to breach the 4 lakh mark on August 28.
Alarmingly enough, Andhra Pradesh has also witnessed a rise in fatalities related to COVID. The state recorded 88 deaths on Sunday alone and the overall toll has now mounted to 3,884. The state now ranks fifth in the country in terms of fatalities related to COVID. Between Saturday and Sunday, Chittoor district’s Covid-19 toll rose to 406 — the highest in the state. East Godavari district ranks second, with 384 deaths, followed by Kurnool district with 372 deaths. Six of the 13 districts of Andhra Pradesh have reportedly witnessed at least 300 Covid-19 deaths each.
The infection positivity rate of the state has reached a worrying 11.6% while the national average is 8.6%. All 13 districts in the state continue to be badly affected. East Godavari and SPS Nellore continue to report cases over 1000 while West Godavari, Chittoor and Kadappa have added over 900 cases between Saturday and Sunday. In terms of new cases, East Godavari continues to top the list. Infections in West Godavari and Chittoor districts have now surged past the 35,000 marks while those in Kadapa districts have crossed 25,000. Vizianagaram and Nellore districts are all set to breach the 20,000 and 30,000 marks respectively.
On Sunday, TDP Supremo and Former CM Chandrababu Naidu wrote to the Chief Secretary of the GoAP in which he alleged inaction on the part of the State Government and the challenges facing the state today. He urged the government to address the pressing issues of health and livelihood in the state on a priority basis.
The number of Coronavirus cases in Andhra Pradesh continues to increase at an alarming rate even as the number of recoveries continues to increase as well. Perhaps the starkest failure of the YSRCP Government so far has been its utter failure in the containment of Coronavirus in the state.