Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S Jagan Mohan Reddy on Monday announced that cinemas, restaurants, gyms, and function halls can operate from 8 July. However, they will have to follow strict COVID-19 guidelines, including alternate seating in cinemas, 50 per cent seating in restaurants, and compulsory masks and sanitizers. However, all shops and commercial establishments should close by 9 p.m.
During a COVID-19 review meeting on 4 July, the Andhra Pradesh government also decided to further relax curfew timings from 6 a.m to 10 p.m from 8 July in view of the declining COVID-19 cases. However, the night curfew will be enforced from 7 p.m to 6 a.m in East and West Godavari districts and other restrictions will be in place till the positivity rate in the two districts drops to below five per cent.
With regard to oxygen supply, the Chief Minister directed the officials to complete the establishment of oxygen generation plants in the next two months with full production capacity. The authorities informed him that 15,000 oxygen contractors are available in the state and explained the works in progress at 134 oxygen generation plants at 97 locations.
Further, Jagan instructed the officials to focus on vaccination and give priority to teachers after vaccinating 90 per cent of all those aged above 45 years. He asked them to complete the vaccination process for government employees, including pregnant women. The officials told the CM that the government is already vaccinating mothers of children under the age of five.
The officials further said that there are around 35,325 active cases in the state and 6,542 patients are being treated in hospitals. Around 5,364 people are being treated in COVID-19 care centers while 23,419 are under home isolation, they said, adding that the recovery rate has increased to 97.47 per cent and positivity rate has decreased to 3.66 per cent. The positivity rate is less than three per cent in five districts and almost 93.40 per cent of patients in network hospitals are being treated under Aarogyasri scheme, they said.
The officials said that 3,670 black fungus cases were registered so far in the state of which 295 persons died and 2,075 were discharged. Regarding vaccination, so far 1,28,84,202 people have been vaccinated, of which 96,25,316 have received the first dose and 32,58,885 have completed both doses of the vaccines.