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How AP is rising to become an emerging hotspot for COVID in India

A staggering 5,041 COVID-19 cases, the single largest number in a day so far, were registered in Andhra Pradesh as the overall aggregate inched closer to the 50,000 mark on Sunday.  The state also witnessed the highest spike in deaths in a day as 56 coronavirus patients succumbed, pushing the toll to 642, a government bulletin said.
 
Among the dead was a 50-year-old journalist working for a Tamil television channel in Tirupati, according to PTI. He had been admitted to a COVID care facility last week and lost his battle against the dreaded virus on Sunday. It took three months for the state to register the first 5,000 coronavirus cases, from March 12 when the first one was reported.
 
Meanwhile, Telangana on Saturday reported 1,284 new cases of coronavirus, taking the state’s total tally to 43,780. Six deaths were recorded in the last 24 hours, pushing the death toll to 409.
 
Out of the new cases, 667 were reported from the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), followed by 86 in Sangareddy, 68 in Ranga Reddy and 62 in Medchal districts, a state government bulletin said.
 
According to the ICMR, a cumulative total of 1,37,91,869 samples have been tested across India up to July 18 with 3,58,127 samples being tested on Saturday.
 
Of the 543 deaths reported in the last 24 hours, 144 are from Maharashtra, 93 from Karnataka, 88 from Tamil Nadu, 52 from Andhra Pradesh, 27 from West Bengal, 26 from Delhi, 24 from Uttar Pradesh, 17 from Haryana, 16 from Gujarat and nine from Madhya Pradesh. 
 
Bihar, Punjab and Rajasthan have reported seven fatalities each followed by Telangana with six deaths, Jammu and Kashmir five, Odisha and Puducherry three each, Assam, Tripura and Kerala two each, while Chandigarh, Chhattisgarh and Uttarakhand have registered a fatality each.
 
The Health Ministry’s data indicates that both the Telugu States have climbed to the list of states with rapidly rising COVID-19 cases. According to data, Maharashtra has reported the highest number of cases at 3,00,937 followed by Tamil Nadu at 1,65,714, Delhi at 1,21,582, Karnataka at 59,652, Gujarat at 47,390, Uttar Pradesh at 47,036, Andhra Pradesh at 44,609 and Telangana at 43,780.
 
From July 6, the daily spike in infections has been over 1,000 and more than 2,000 people have been testing positive everyday in Andhra Pradesh. The state’s COVID tally kept spiking after the state opened its borders, following the Unlock 2.0 announced by the Centre. 
 
The spike during lockdown was steady till April 20; with relaxations in lockdown norms and partial resumption of inter-state transport, the number of infections started increasing rapidly. 
 
Officials too attributed the rapid surge to the opening of inter-state borders and resumption of all modes of transportation. Another factor that can be attributed to the surging cases is the increase in the testing capacity.
 
Another trend that is rising, especially in Andhra Pradesh is among asymptomatic COVID patients who initially show no signs of the virus yet are dying of the disease within a day of showing mild symptoms. The sudden deaths of symptomatic super spreaders across Andhra Pradesh has become a cause of concern for state authorities as well as the medical community. 
 
Experts say that even if such asymptomatic patients appear stable, the virus may have already damaged the organs, partly by depleting the blood oxygen levels in the body. That leaves little or no sufficient time for doctors to restore the health of the patients.
 
Going by the current trend of cases increasing rapidly, soon enough there will not only be a crisis of availability of hospital beds in the state but also the healthcare system will have to choose which patient will live! 

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