Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S Jagan Mohan Reddy on 17 May announced that the curfew in the state will be extended till May end. The guidelines will be same for the extended curfew and the curfew timings will also remain the same - from noon to 6 a.m.

During a review meeting held at the camp office here on Monday, the Chief Minister directed the officials to prevent the rise in COVID-19 cases in rural areas and to utilize the services of volunteers, Asha workers, and Secretariat staff to contain the virus.

The Chief Minister also directed officials to test people who have been identified with symptoms during the Fever Survey and to provide better medical facilities and medicine to those who test COVID-tested. Focus on developing infrastructure facilities in COVID care centers, he told them.

Black fungus cases under Arogyasri

The officials, meanwhile, informed the Chief Minister that there are chances of black fungus infection in diabetic and people who use excessive steroids and added that they have identified nine black fungus cases across the state.

Jagan directed the officials to bring black fungus under Arogyasri scheme and prepare a protocol to identify black fungus at early stage. He asked them to prepare a protocol to provide immediate treatment to people affected with black fungus under and to identify some notified hospitals for its treatment.

COVID-19 orphans

Jagan directed officials to prepare an action plan to take measures to help children who lost their parents due to the pandemic. He asked officials to deposit a certain sum of money in the name of the orphans so that they can use the monthly interest to take care of their basic needs.

Bed facilities

The officials informed the Chief Minister that there are 47,825 beds in 625 COVID hospitals across the state, of which 38,492 beds are occupied and 25,539 are being used under Arogyasri. There are 6,576 ICU beds, 23,463 non-ICU oxygen beds, 17,246 non-ICU non-oxygen beds, and 3,467 ventilators in COVID hospitals, they said, adding 17,417 of the 52,471 beds in 115 COVID care centers were occupied.

Oxygen supply

The officials said 590 MT per day oxygen is allotted to the state and the demand, including all government and private hospitals, is 590- 610 MT. In this regard, the officials said they have requested the Central government to allot an Oxygen Express to bring 80 MT of oxygen every day from Jamnagar and has also requested the Karnataka government to supply at least 130 MT oxygen from Bellary. They said eight ISO containers have reached the state while another two are yet to come.

Masks and injections

The officials said 7,32,542 N-95 masks, 7,55,395 PPE kits, 44,11,353 surgical masks and 23,383 Remedsiver injections are available in the state while another eight lakh injections were ordered from Mylan and 50,000 injections from Dr. Reddy's laboratories.

COVID vaccines

The officials told the Chief Minister that a total of 75,99,960 vaccine doses were received from the Center of which 62,60,400 doses are of Covishield and 3,39,560 are Covaxin. As of 15 May, the state had been allotted 6,90,360 doses of Covishield while the state has procured 8,90,360 doses, more than the allotted doses, they said, adding only 1,25,000 doses of Covaxin was supplied to the state while 2,27,490 doses had been allotted.

Step-by-Step: How to apply for e-pass if you're travelling to Andhra Pradesh

Amid partial lockdown in Andhra Pradesh, the state's chief of police, Damodar Gautam Sawang, has announced that the e-pass system that was in place during lockdown last year will again be operationalized to facilitate those who need to travel due to emergencies.

This pass is required to be produced while entering the state. Here is a step-by-step procedure on how to register for an e-pass/travel permit to Andhra Pradesh.

Go to https://serviceonline.gov.in/ website register/login first and click on state-Andhra Pradesh. Out of the many services offered, please click on registration for E-pass (emergency pass)

The user/applicant must register his/her details (name, address, occupation, identity proof- driving license, Aadhar card and applicant's picture).

The user must mention the travel details- one way or two ways and the reason for travel, including type of transportation.

According to the recent update, travel passes are only being provided to students, pilgrims, and migrant labourers under distress. If you fulfill this condition go on and apply for the e-pass.

The state police have also come up with modalities for the issuance of e-passes to those who want to enter AP during curfew hours for their emergency needs. To facilitate people facing hurdles in travel during COVID19 in cases of emergencies like death in family, medical, and other essential services, AP Police based on instructions of GoAP will issue emergency vehicle passes. Please visit appolice.gov.in: AP DGP, a statement said.

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