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PTI, Amaravati: Coronavirus cases rocketed to 1,20,390 in Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday as it logged a new single day high of 10,093 infections, the state government said.
It also said a record number of 70,584 tests were done during the last 24 hours ending at 9 AM.

The state saw 65 new COVID-19 deaths during the period, taking the toll to 1,213.

The infection positivity rate in the state has now shot up to 6.61 per cent while the recovery rate was 46.02 per cent.
Deputy Chief Minister (Health) A K K Srinivas said the prime reason for the severe spurt in number of cases was the extensive" COVID-19 tests.

He said a programme to screen every family in the state for coronavirus would soon be initiated.

According to government data, AP so far conducted 18,20,009 tests at the rate of 34,083 per million population, stated to be the highest among states. Tamil Nadu is next with 32,154 tests per million.

According to the latest bulletin, a total of 2,784 patients got cured and discharged from hospitals, taking the cumulative recoveries in Andhra Pradesh to 55,406.

The state now has 63,771 active coronavirus cases. East Godavari district continued to show the most alarming trend as it added 1,676 new cases to its tally, besides 14 fatalities in the last 24 hours.

Anantapuramu district reported 1,371, Guntur 1,124 and Kurnool 1,091 fresh cases followed by Visakhapatnam 841, Chittoor 819 and West Godavari 779.

West Godavari became the fifth district in the state to have registered more than 10,000 cases.

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