Reporting more than 10,000 new COVID-19 infections for the fifth consecutive day, the State’s tally became the second highest in the country after Maharashtra as of Sunday. With a total of 4,24,767 infections, which included 10,603 reported in the last 24 hours, Andhra Pradesh surpassed the neighbouring Tamil Nadu, where the tally stood at 4,22,085.

On the other hand, Tamil Nadu reported its first case on March 7 and touched the one lakh case milestone on July 3. But Tamil Nadu took a relatively longer time of 55 days to reach the four-lakh cases from the initial one-lakh cases on August 27, against AP taking only 32 days for the latest 3 lakh cases.

The number of active cases in the State was 99,129 — also the second highest in the country, even as the number of recoveries went up to 3,21,754, which was 75.75% of the total infections. As many as 9,067 patients recovered in the last 24 hours.

The positivity rate of the tests conducted so far was 11.59%. Including the 63,077 samples tested in the last one day, the State tested 36.66 lakh samples till date. The tests per million ratio stood at 68,659. The number of confirmed positive cases per million was 7,954.

Tamil Nadu recorded 7,231 Covid-related casualties with a mortality rate of 1.71%, while Andhra Pradesh so far recorded 3,884 deaths with 0.91% mortality rate. Tamil Nadu fares better than AP with over 85% recovery rate. AP is currently reporting about 10,000 cases a day compared to about 6,000 daily cases of Tamil Nadu.

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