VIJAYAWADA: Another 62 new cases reported in the last 24 hours ending 9 am on Friday took COVID-19 count in Andhra Pradesh to 2,667. The COVID-19 toll increased to 55 with one more person succumbing to the virus in Krishna district.
According to a media bulletin issued by the State Command Control Room (Health) on Friday morning, out of 62 new cases, 18 — 14 from Nellore and 8 from Chittoor — were linked to Koyambedu Wholesale Market in Chennai. A total 8,415 samples were tested in the last 24 hours.
Though one COVID-19 death was reported by East Godavari district officials on Thursday, the same was not reported in the Friday media bulletin. Meanwhile, eight primary contacts of the 60-year-old victim in G Mamidada and neighbouring village tested positive for the virus on Friday.
Andhra Pradesh continues to be number one among the States in number of tests conducted per million people. On an average, 5,321 samples per million are being tested in the State, whereas 1,916 samples per million are being tested at the national level.
The positivity rate in the State is at 0.94 per cent, which is better than the national average of 4.36 per cent.
Recovery rate of 65.84 per cent in the State is higher than 40.99 per cent at all-India level. In the mortality rate also, State with 2.06 per cent is better than 3.03 per cent at the national level.