Telangana, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh Coronavirus Highlights: Telangana added 1302 new COVID-19 cases, pushing the total infection count to 1,72,608, while the death toll rose to 1,041 with 9 more fatalities.
The coronavirus tally touched 6.25 lakh in Andhra Pradesh on Sunday as 7,738 more cases were reported even as 10,608 more patients got cured. In the 24 hours ending 9 am on Sunday, the state recorded 57 fresh fatalities, taking the gross toll count to 5,359, according to the latest bulletin. After a sum of 51,04,131 sample tests, the state saw a total of 6,25,514 coronavirus positives so far, the overall positivity rate being 12.26 per cent. In all 5,41,319 patients have recovered, leaving 78,836 active cases in the state, the bulletin added.
In another news, the nine-day ‘Adhika Masam Brahmotsavam’ held once in three years began at the shrine of Lord Venkateswara at Tirumala, on Saturday. The ‘brahmotsavam‘ began with the hoisting of the ‘Garuda’ flag atop the golden ‘dwajathambham‘ (flag mast) by high priests amid chanting of Vedic hymn amid observing COVID-19 precautionary measures, a temple official said. For the first time in the history of the ancient hill temple, the customary practice of taking out Lord Venkateswara in a grand procession on the ‘vahanas’ (celestial vehicles) around the temple was cancelled to avoid the huge congregation of devotees due to the coronavirus norms, the official said.