AP records 9,716 new COVID-19 cases, 38 deaths

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Amaravati, Apr 21 (PTI): The coronavirus spread is peaking once again, to last September levels, as Andhra Pradesh reported close to 10,000 fresh COVID-19 cases on Wednesday and also recorded the highest number of 38 fatalities after six-and-a-half months.

The number of active cases crossed the 60,000 mark to 60,208, the highest after September 28.

From 39,619 tests, 9,716 fresh positives turned out in the state in the 24 hours ending 9 am on Wednesday, the highest in a day after September 12.

This pushed the gross positives up to 9,86,703.

Also, 3,359 patients recovered from the infection, taking the total to 9,18,985, according to the latest bulletin.

The toll rose to 7,510 after 38 more COVID-19 infected people succumbed in 24 hours, it said.

Srikakulam, which on February 15 seemed poised to become a coronavirus-free district with just five active cases, now reported 1,444 new cases, the highest in a day in the state after more than seven months.

Srikakulam now has a staggering 7,420 active cases, out of 55,469 total COVID-19 infections, after 47,689 recoveries and 360 deaths.

'We are doing more tests and declaring results in 24 hours. Naturally, there is a surge in cases,' Srikakulam district Collector J Nivas told PTI.

Though it is a district bordering Odisha, there is not much movement of people across the border.

Moreover, Odisha is relatively reporting lesser cases and, as such, cases in Srikakulam are predominantly local.

Guntur district reported the second highest of 1,236 new cases and inched closer to the 90,000 gross.

Chittoor added 1,180, Kurnool 958, SPS Nellore 934, Anantapuramu 849, East Godavari 830, Visakhapatnam 810 and Vizianagaram 565 new cases in a day.

Krishna and Prakasam districts registered 294 new cases each, Kadapa 216 while West Godavari also crossed the century mark to add 106.

SPS Nellore crossed the 70,000 total cases mark, the sixth in the state with such a large count.

In 24 hours, Krishna district reported 10 fresh COVID-19 fatalities, SPS Nellore seven, East Godavari and Srikakulam four each, Chittoor and Prakasam three each, Guntur, Kurnool and Visakhapatnam two each while Anantapuramu had one.PTI DBV BN BN