Over 20,000 Covid positive cases were reported in Andhra Pradesh in just 24 hours on the 2nd of May. Following this rapid rise in cases, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S Jagan has ordered a high-level review of the situation and to come up with a solution. Just a day after this, Jagan imposed a partial curfew from 12 p.m. to 6 a.m. in the state to curb the spread of novel corona virus.
Starting from 5th May, section 144 will be in the place where shops will be open only from 6 am to 12 pm and only essential services will be allowed for a period of 15 days from the 5th to 19th of May.
Before this decision, night curfew was already in place from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. for a few days to suppress the spread of the virus but despite that step, the number of covid cases continued to increase each day. This situation has forced the officials of Andhra Pradesh to come up with a much better plan of action to break the chain of the virus.
“This step is required to stop the spread but the decision was taken by keeping in mind the essential needs of the people and ensuring that economic activity is not hit,” a statement released by the government on Monday added.
The Chief Minister ordered the officials to focus on recognizing the primary contacts at the earliest, by conducting tests. He also demanded the authorities to see that there is no shortage of doctors, para-medical personnel, oxygen cylinders in the government hospitals, and ensure adequate oxygen supply all over the state.
Officials added that there are currently 558 Covid hospitals in the state. The officials also confirmed that the first dose of vaccine was administered to 52 lakh people above 45 years, and 1.33 crore people across the state were yet to get vaccinated.
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