Vijayawada: The Andhra Pradesh government has tested the highest number of over two crore samples for Covid-19 in the entire country.
Disclosing this to media persons here on Wednesday, principal secretary (health) Anil Kumar Singhal stated that so far, 2,00,39,764 samples were tested for Coronavirus in the state. For a million population, 3.75 lakh persons were tested for Covid-19 in the state as against only 2.67 lakh persons nationally.
The official said that out of 17.79 lakh persons who tested Covid-19 positive, 16.64 lakh recovered, while 11,696 succumbed to the virus. He informed that number of Coronavirus infections had started to dip from May 17 onwards in the state.
With regard to Covid-19 positivity rate prevailing at 25.56% by May 16, he said it dropped to 9.37% recently and by June 8, it further declined to 8.69%. So was the case with Covid-19 recovery rate which rose to 93.05% from 84.32% as on May 7.
Singhal announced that they had resumed the fever survey for the 12th time in the state on Wednesday and said that by June 11 evening, they would get a full report on it.
With regard to black fungus cases in the state, he said that so far 1,955 cases were reported and of them, 114 succumbed to the infection, while 1,301 cases are still active in the state.
He also said that they were expecting a supply of 51.4 lakh doses of Covid-19 vaccine from the Centre to the state by the end of June. They would also soon receive 16.54 lakh doses purchased by the state government from various companies on its own.
Meanwhile, a delegation of Andhra Pradesh Official Language Commission (APOLC) led by its chairman Yarlagadda Lakshmi Prasad paid a courtesy call to Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy and submitted the annual report on Wednesday. The Commission donated Rs 5 lakh towards the Chief Minister Relief Fund towards Covid containment measures. Members Modugula Papi Reddy and Shiek Mastan presented the cheque to the Chief Minister. Lakshmi Prasad said that APOLC lost recognition and identity in the previous government. He said it reviewed the implementation of Telugu language in government offices in AP and found poor patronage to Telugu in some offices and departments and, accordingly, gave suggestions towards the implementation of Telugu language.