COVID continued to wreak havoc on the south coast of Andhra Pradesh as a record number of over 2,500 people were infected and eight more patients succumbed to the disease within 24 hours.
Normal life in the area was disrupted when shops and businesses rolled down their shutters by noon due to the increasing number of new cases. Most people stayed indoors, concerned about the rapid spread of the disease.
The number of active cases rose to 23,794 for the first time this year, when 1,337 people in SPSR Nellore district and 1,236 people in Prakasam fell ill with the infection in the last 24 hours that ended at 9:00 a.m. on Monday. This emerges from a health bulletin published by the state government.
The pandemic killed six more in SPSR Nellore district and two in Prakasam, bringing the toll in the area to 1,270. Prakasam district had 646 deaths and SPSR Nellore district had 624 deaths.
Healthcare professionals had a hard time treating the patients, while recovery rates were only 772 over the period. The total number of coronavirus cases rose to over 1.79 lakh, including 84,600 in the SPSR Nellore district.
Meanwhile, a good number of people rushing to public health centers in the area to take the sting returned disappointed at the limited number of vaccine supplies.
According to Fr. Ratnavalli, Prakasam District Medical and Health Officer (DMHO), only over 1,500 people were vaccinated on Monday at the 21 meeting locations in Prakasam District.