Andhra Pradesh has witnessed a meteoric rise in the numbers related to COVID-19 in less than a fortnight as the state has now climbed to the third spot behind Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu in the country. From March 12 when it reported the first coronavirus case, AP took a long time till June 24 to go past the 10,000 mark and July 20 to cross 50,000 total cases, but the aggregate rocketed to 1,50,209 by August 1. In just the last 13 days, the state registered a staggering 96,485 cases with 39,912 coming in only the past four days. By July 20, a total of 13,49,112 tests were conducted with a positivity rate of 3.98 per cent. But the infection positivity rate shot up to 7.46 per cent on August 1 with the addition of just 6,63,461 tests in 13 days. The government has maintained that the increase in cases was due to more number of tests being conducted.