In view of surging coronavirus cases, the Andhra Pradesh government on Monday extended the existing partial lockdown, which was supposed to end on May 18, to May 31. However, the curfew timings from 12 pm to 6 am remain unchanged.
The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy at his camp office in Amaravati. The extension of the curfew was inevitable to get the desired results. It has only been 12 days since we imposed the curfew, it should be in force at least for four weeks, said the chief minister.
Reddy also asked officials to ensure the number of Covid positive cases do not exceed in rural areas of the state and asked them to useASHA (Accredited Social Health Activist), village volunteers and village secretariat mechanism to reign-in the crisis.
For children orphaned by Covid-19, the chief minister announced a financial scheme would be worked out to help them, and also ensured that the state government will take care of the orphans. He said, the state government shall deposit a certain amount in the name of the children and the interest accrued from the deposit could be utilised to meet their expenses every month.
As per the curfew rules, shops would be allowed to open daily from 6 am to 12 noon, with prohibitory orders under Section 144 CrPC in force. Thereafter, only essential or emergency services are permitted as curfew would be in place till 6 AM.
As of Sunday, Andhra Pradesh reported 24,171 Covid-19 positive cases, the highest daily count since the outbreak of the pandemic last year. It also recorded 101 deaths in the last 24 hours. The state’s daily infections are the fifth highest after Karnataka, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.