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Andhra relaxes curbs; rise in black fungus cases

According to officials, a total of 1,31,43,873 people have been vaccinated so far —96,83,544 have got the first dose while 34,60,329 have received both doses.

Written by Sreenivas Janyala | Hyderabad |
Updated: July 14, 2021 2:05:59 am
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The Andhra Pradesh government has relaxed Covid-19 curfew restrictions uniformly across all 13 districts from 6 AM to 10 PM, wherein all commercial establishments will be shut down by 9 PM and curfew restrictions will begin from 10 PM.

“The decision was taken as the overall positivity rate has come down to less than five per cent. It is mandatory for every individual to wear face masks, and a fine of Rs 100 will be imposed for not wearing masks in public places. If any shops and establishments violate the guidelines, they will be asked to close down for 2-3 days,” an official said. Officials are setting up an online facility where one can report mask violations by posting photos.

There will be no mass gatherings, and people will are required to follow social distancing protocol at public places and establishments. Additional guidelines will be issued by the Medical and Health Department, officials said. During a review meeting, Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy directed officials to provide medical care to all those who are found to have symptoms during the ongoing fever survey.

According to officials, a total of 1,31,43,873 people have been vaccinated so far —96,83,544 have got the first dose while 34,60,329 have received both doses.

Officials are focussing on vaccination for teachers before reopening schools.

During Tuesday’s meeting, CM Reddy directed officials to vaccinate both government and private school teachers and, based on availability of the vaccine, he asked them to consider vaccinating undergraduate students as well. Apart from focusing on Covid-19, officials are also considering the possibility of outbreak of non-Covid diseases like dengue in several vulnerable areas.

Health Minister A K Krishna Srinivas said the government is preparing an action plan to protect children who could be affected by a possible third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.

As of Monday, there were 28,680 active Covid-19 cases in the state — 5,695 patients are being treated in hospitals and 4,976 people are being treated in Covid care centers. Officials added that the recovery rate has increased to 97.83 percent and the test positivity rate has decreased to 2.91 percent. They said the positivity rate is less than three percent in seven districts and almost 92.91 percent of patients in Network hospitals are being treated under Aarogyasri scheme.

The rising number black fungus cases however, is causing concern among health officials. So far, 3,876 black fungus cases were registered of which 324 persons died and 2,500 were treated and discharged.

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