While 19,085 samples were tested for the virus during the last 24 hours, till date 7, 69,319 samples have been conducted and the government plans to test the entire population within a 3-month time-frame.
In all, 118 people were discharged in the last 24 hours. While the active cases stand at 5,760, the the number of people who have been discharged increased to 4,988 on Thursday.
Seven persons were reported dead from different parts of the state, taking the death toll to 136. Kurnool, Krishna and Guntur districts reported 2 deaths each while 1 death was reported from East Godavari district.
During the preceding 24 hours, new cases were reported from all the 13 districts of Andhra Pradesh. Kurnool district reported the highest tally of 72 cases, followed by Guntur with 67 cases, and East Godavari with 64 cases on Thursday.
Thursday also saw a rise in the number of Covid cases among people returning from other states. Compared to 37 cases on Wednesday, there were 69 new cases detected among people belonging to this category on Thursday. While 33 of the covid positive samples belonged to returnees from Tamil Nadu, 27 positive samples belonged to returnees from Telangana, and 2 positive samples were of people returning from Maharashtra. On Thursday 3 positive samples were of people returning from Delhi, 2 cases pertained to returnees from Karnataka, and 1 each from Rajasthan and Jharkhand.
The overall tally of Covid positive persons who returned from other states currently stands at 1,730. Of this, the active cases tally is 652, while 1,078 persons have been discharged till date. There has been a constant flow of positive cases among foreign returnees also. On Thursday, 2 samples each were detected from people returning from Kuwait, Kazakhstan, and Bangladesh. There was also one positive case from a UK returnee.
The cumulative tally of covid patients in foreign returnees category is 371, while 80 persons have been discharged after getting cured. As of Thursday, 291 persons in this category are undergoing treatment in hospitals.