Amaravati, Dec 28 (PTI): Five more people who returned to Andhra Pradesh from the UK and eight of their contacts tested positive for coronavirus as 212 cases were reported afresh in the state in 24 hours ending 9 am on Monday.
The caseload in the state is now 8,81,273, according to the latest bulletin.
After 410 patients got cured, the total recoveries went up to 8,70,752, it said.
The state saw four fresh Covid-19 fatalities in a day, taking the overall toll to 7,098.
State Health Commissioner Katamaneni Bhaskar said 1,363 people had returned to AP from the UK in recent days of whom 1,346 were traced and 1,324 were sent to quarantine.
Among the returnees, 11 tested positive for coronavirus, he said, adding they were awaiting test results from the National Institute of Virology, Pune, and Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad, to determine if they carried the new strain.
Bhaskar said 5,784 contacts of the UK returnees were also identified and tested, resulting in 12 positive cases so far.
In 24 hours, Guntur district reported 53 new Covid- 19 cases, followed by 42 in Chittoor and 32 in Krishna.
All other districts reported less than 25 new cases each, with six of them adding less than 10 each.
For the second consecutive day, Vizianagaram district did not report any new case of the infection even as its active cases dropped below 50.
West Godavari district reported two more deaths while Guntur and Visakhapatnam saw one fatality each.PTI DBV BN WELCOME DBV BN WELCOME