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Covid-19 cases continue to surge in Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh with both states recording over 10,000 infection on Friday.

Andhra Pradesh reported 10,376 fresh cases of coronavirus, crossing the five-digit mark for the third straight day as the overall tally mounted to 1,40,933.

The state reported another 68 deaths, resulting in the rise in overall toll to 1,349, a government bulletin said.

The infection positivity rate shot up to 7.22 per cent due to the abnormal spurt in the number of cases, particularly in the last three days when it added a whopping 30,636 cases, news agency PTI reported.

It said 3,822 patients recovered and were discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours ending at 10 am.

Maharashtra reported 10,320 new cases on Friday, taking the COVID-19 tally to 4,22,118, while 265 fresh deaths - 53 of them in Mumbai - raised the toll to 14,994, the state Health department said.

A statement from the Health department said 7,543 patients were also discharged from hospitals after they recovered from the viral infection.

As many as 2,56,158 COVID-19patients have been discharged so far in the state, it said.

The recovery rate in the state is now60.68 per cent, while the case fatality rate is 3.55 per cent, the statement said.

There are 1,50,966 active cases in the state, where the number of people tested so far stood at 21,30,098, it added.

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