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Andhra Pradesh reports 125 COVID-19 cases, no deaths

With 42,809 tests, the total number of tests conducted stood at over 1.30 crore so far in the state.

January 29, 2021 / 07:04 PM IST

Andhra Pradesh reported 125 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the tally to over 8.87 lakh, while no deaths were reported for the second consecutive day, in 24 hours ending 9 am on Friday.

The state also reported 175 more recoveries, a health department bulletin said.

With 42,809 tests, the total number of tests conducted stood at over 1.30 crore so far in the state.

The total confirmed positive COVID-19 cases were 8,87,591, while the recoveries stood at 8, 79,131, it said.

With no fresh fatalities reported, the toll remained at 7152. The state has 1,308 active cases.

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In 24 hours, Krishna district accounted for the most number of cases with 26 followed by Visakhapatnam and Guntur with 19 each.

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first published: Jan 29, 2021 06:43 pm