COVID brings back night curfew in Andhra Pradesh

Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy announced the new guidelines in a meeting with state health department

VIJAYAWADA: The Andhra Pradesh government on Monday imposed a night curfew on the state in view of the increasing cases of Covid19 in the state. The curfew timings are from 11pm to 5 am, effective from tonight.

This decision was taken during a review meeting on the Covid situation held by chief minister Jaganmohan Reddy on Monday. The CM said preventive measures should be effectively implemented, including the wearing masks by people at all times and maintaining a physical distance.

Jagan asked the officials to take appropriate precautions in changing the prescriptions for Covid19 in the wake of spread of the new variant Omicron and make changes in home isolation kit accordingly. Consult health professionals and prepare the prescription, he told officials, and said they must review the availability of required medicines and procure and keep them ready for use.

The CM also asked officials to strengthen ‘104’ call center and ensure the calls are attended to immediately. Organise one Covid care center in each constituency and take measures to ensure that all facilities are available there, he said.

Jagan asked the officials to continue imposing fines on those not wearing masks in public places and also ensure people wore masks in buses. Covid protocols should be followed in shops and shopping malls and no more than 200 people should be allowed to gather in public places and 100 people indoors.

He said 50 per cent of the seats should be left empty to ensure physical distancing in theatres and cine-goers must ensure to wear masks. “Ensure physical distance is maintained and masks are worn in temples and other places of worship. The health department will release detailed guidelines soon,” he said.

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