The death toll crossed the 400-mark and climbed to 408, according to the bulletin by Health Department of Andhra Pradesh. Andhra Pradesh has witnessed 43 COVID-19 deaths in the past 24 hours and for the third day in a row, the number of COVID-19 positive cases reported in a day is close to the 2000-mark.

With the 1,916 fresh cases the tally has gone up to 33,019 and the death toll crossed the 400-mark and climbed to 408, according to the bulletin by Health Department of AP. This is the highest single-day death toll in the State.

Also, the number of local cases crossed the 30,000-mark and reached to 30,163 which is 91% of all the cases. There are 2,856 imported cases (9%) and 2,424 of them are of people from other states and 432 are of foreign returnees.

Andhra Pradesh Government so far tested 11,53,849 samples with a positivity rate of 2.53 per cent but the recovery rate slumped to 52.84 per cent. The mortality rate remained at 1.12 per cent, as per the government statistics. Meanwhile, there were widespread complaints about poor quality of food being provided to patients and bad sanitation in government-run COVID-19 hospitals.

“Based on the complaints, the Chief Minister has directed that the Joint Collector (Development) in each district be made the nodal officer to check the quality of food and also sanitation in hospitals.” “The government is spending Rs 500 per head, per day, on food so it should be of that (high) quality, state COVID-19 nodal officer and Principal Secretary MT Krishna Babu said.