Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S Jagan Mohan Reddy on Monday extended the state curfew till 10 June. The curfew will be relaxed from 6 a.m to noon, the same as before.

During the review meeting held at the camp office here on Monday, the officials informed the Chief Minister that 2,632 COVID cases per one million population were registered in urban areas and 1,859 cases per one million in rural areas. The positivity rate that was 25.56 per cent on 16 May now stands at 15.91 per cent, the officials said, adding that the number of active cases in the state had reduced from two lakhs to 1.6 lakhs. The recovery rate has also improved significantly from 84.32 per cent on 7 May to 90 per cent now, they said. Cases have decreased in all districts of the state, they added.

Black fungus

Reviewing the black fungus cases and treatment, the officials said there are 1,179 black fungus cases in the state at present and 1,068 patients are being treated for the same while 97 people have recovered and 14 have died. Investigation revealed that black fungus was also reported among some people not infected with COVID-19, the officials said.

They added that of the total 1,179 black fungus cases reported in the state, 1,139 patients had also been infected by COVID-19 while 40 people did not have COVID but were infected with black fungus. They said that mostly it is diabetic patients who are being infected with black fungus.

The Chief Minister directed the officials to make available required injections and medicines to those infected with black fungus. The officials said injections are being supplied by the Central government and they are also procuring required medicines and trying to arrange for alternative injections.

Oxygen

The officials informed the CM that oxygen usage in the state has decreased to 490 metric tonnes and added that they have procured 654 MT of oxygen on 29 May. They said 230 MT of oxygen was being produced locally.

The officials also said that they have identified 92 children whose parents succumbed to COVID-19 and said Rs. 10 lakh has been deposited in the accounts of 43 children. The Chief Minister asked them to invest the money in good schemes so that the interest will help pay their monthly expenses.

Jagan directed the officials to vaccinate students going abroad for higher studies and those going abroad on work visas. Give them certificates from the government saying they have been vaccinated, he told officials.


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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