AP reports four COVID-19 deaths, 43 cases: tally now 1,930

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Amaravati, May 9 (): The number of active COVID-19cases slid below the 1,000 mark to 999 in Andhra Pradesh onSaturday though the overall tally rose to 1,930 with theaddition of 43 in the last 24 hours.

The COVID-19 toll in the state also increased by four to45 while 45 more patients were discharged from hospitals,according to the latest bulletin.

In the last 24 hours, Krishna reported two and Kurnoolone coronavirus casualty.Advertisement

On Saturday, a 60-year-old woman from Vizianagaramdistrict died in a hospital in neighbouring Visakhapatnam.

Deputy Chief Minister (Health) A K K Srinivas said thewoman tested positive for COVID-19 two days ago.

She was also suffering from a kidney ailment for sometime now, he said.

Vizianagaram district, which remained coronavirus-freeall these days, reported its first cases two days ago.

The woman was the first from the district to testpositive for the virus.Following her death, the district now has three activeCOVID-19 cases.Advertisement

Meanwhile, Special Chief Secretary (Health) K S JawaharReddy informed Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy at areview meeting on Covid here that more cases of the pandemicwere being reported in Chittoor and SPS Nellore districts,bordering Tamil Nadu, as several farmers and others werereturning from the Koyambedu market in Chennai.

Chittoor district saw a sudden spurt in cases, with 11reported in the last 24 hours ending 9 am on Saturday, as somepeople who returned from the Koyambedu wholesale market inChennai tested positie for coronavirus.

It is suspected that these people contracted the diseaseat Koyambedu, sources here said, adding that several otherswho also returned from the place were sent to quarantine.Advertisement

However, no new case was reported in SPS Nellore.

Visakhapatnam too continued to show an upward trend asfive fresh cases were registered, taking the total in thedistrict to 62.

The major hotspots Kurnool, Krishna and Guntur reportedsix, 16 and two fresh cases.Advertisement

In all, 887 people were discharged from hospitals afterrecovering from COVID-19.

On the other hand, 700 migrant workers entered the statefrom different points without any permission or medical tests,officials said.

As the threat of virus spread from such people was high,officials started an exercise to trace them in differentdistricts and send them to isolation.Advertisement

Health officials said arrangements were made for medicaltests at 11 check posts bordering neighbouring states toscreen people coming into Andhra Pradesh.

Thermal screening and preliminary tests would beconducted at these places.The state has so far completed testing an aggregate of1,65,069 samples, of which 1,63,139 turned negative. DBVAPRRAVINDRANATH DBVAPRRAVINDRANATH

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