As Telangana ramps up testing, the number of daily positive cases has tripled from a week ago. The state recorded 2,795 cases, taking the tally of infections to 1,14,183. The fatalities in Telangana, however, remain low. With 8 new deaths, the casualties now stand at 788.
The state has increased testing in the past few days amidst criticism that it was checking less than 10,000 samples per day despite numbers increasing in all 33 districts. On Tuesday, the government also announced that it was converting Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Hospital at Warangal into an exclusive Covid-19 treatment centre — only the second such in the state after Gandhi Hospital in Hyderabad.
In Andhra Pradesh, meanwhile, a new record high of 10,830 fresh cases of COVID-19 were reported in a day, as the states aggregate tally shot up to 3,82,469 on Wednesday. Results from 61,838 sample tests in 24 hours ending 9 am on Wednesday turned out the record number of positives in a single day so far, surpassing the 10,820 reported on August 9. After a cumulative 34,18,690 tests, the infection positivity rate in the state mounted to 11.19 per cent as against the national average of 8.59 per cent, according to the latest government bulletin.