Andhra Pradesh added 7,813 fresh cases in a day, taking the overall tally to 88,671 on Saturday. Another 52 COVID-19 patients succumbed while 3,208 were discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours, the latest bulletin said. While East Godavari continued the alarming trend by registering 1,324 resh cases in the last 24 hours, its neighbour West Godavari reported 1,012 cases.
Meanwhile, cases continued to rise sharply in Telangana on Friday, with 1,640 new cases and eight deaths being reported, taking the tally of positive cases in the state to 52,466 and deaths to 455. Till now, 40,334 or 76.8% of poeple have recoverd so far while 11,677 are currently under treatment, a state bulletin said. State Director of Public Health G Srinivasa Rao said that the novel coronavirus has entered the community in Telangana and that public should take all precautions.
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The Centre on Friday advised nine states including Assam, Bihar, Telangana and Odisha to ramp up testing with special focus on containment zones, strictly implement containment plan, augment health infrastructure and ensure effective clinical management of cases. A high-level virtual review meeting was chaired by Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba with the chief secretaries and health secretaries of these states that are driving the present spurt of the active caseload in the country. The other states that participated in the virtual conference were Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Karnataka, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh.