Medical staff collects swabs for covid testing at MVP Colony Ward Secretariat in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday. (DC photo)
Vijayawada: Andhra Pradesh registered a steep rise in coronavirus infections with the daily infection tally on Wednesday put at 10,057 and eight more deaths – against 6,996 cases and four deaths on Tuesday.
With this, AP reported a daily hike of 3,061 infections or a 43.75 per cent rise.
State health authorities said 10,057 out of 41,713 samples tested were found infected with the coronavirus. Out of a total of 3,19,64,682 samples tested in the state so far, 21,27,441 were C-positive; of them, 20,67,984 have recovered while 44,935 are under treatment.
Among daily cases of infection, Visakhapatnam topped the regional list with 1,827 cases, followed by 1,822 in Chittoor, 943 in Guntur, 919 in East Godavari, 861 in Anantapur, 716 in Prakasam, 698 in Nellore, 482 in Kadapa, 452 in Kurnool, 407 in Srikakulam, 382 in Vizianagaram, 332 in Krishna and 216 in West Godavari.
As for the death of infected patients, Visakhapatnam reported three followed by one each in Chittoor, Guntur, Nellore, Srikakulam and Vizianagaram. With this, the death toll climbed to 14,522.
Doctors discharged 1,222 infected patients after recovery since Tuesday.
Meanwhile, admissions to Covid- designated hospitals are matchingly increasing. Nearly 90 per cent of the more than 2000 admitted cases were either patients with comorbidity conditions or senior citizens, hospital sources said.
The situation turned worse in Chittoor and Visakhapatnam districts with high caseloads. While 1,827 new cases were reported in Visakhapatnam, the highest in the state, Chittoor stood second with 1,822 cases.
Doctors at the Covid-care hospitals said the situation would be out of control by end of this month if people do not resort to Covid-appropriate behaviour and observed social distance and wearing of masks.
A total of 41,713 samples were tested since Tuesday and 10,057 of them tested Covid positive with a positivity rate of 4.14. Eight such patients died -- three in Visakhapatnam district and one each in Chittoor, Guntur, Nellore, Srikakulam and Vizianagaram.
"Some 1,222 persons have fully recovered from the infection in the last 24 hours," the AP Health department said in a statement.
A Covid hospital management committee member told DC, "Youngsters and the asymptomatic are responsible for the widespread of the disease in the last one week. Vizag reported more than 1,000 cases per day for the past week."