Amaravati: Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy held a review meeting on the spread of COVID-19 and its vaccination drive and decided to relax the curfew timings from 6 am to 6 pm from June 20 in all districts barring East Godavari where the current curfew timings of 6 am to 2 pm will continue.

During the review meeting held at the camp office here on Friday, it was decided that shops and business establishments should close by 5 pm and the curfew should be implemented strictly from 6 pm to 6 am. The relaxation timings in the East Godavari district would remain the same from 6 am to 2 pm due to the high positivity rate. The government offices will function on regular timings and all the employees should attend office.

The chief minister directed the officials to expedite the construction of 350-tonne liquid oxygen manufacturing plant so that the state will attain self-sufficiency in medical oxygen. He said that the oxygen generated from this plant can also be used for industrial purposes. The chief minister instructed the officials to set up cryogenic tankers along with PSA oxygen generation units and added that D-type cylinders also should be made available at hospitals so that oxygen will be efficiently supplied to the patients.

Preparedness for third wave

As many as 12,187 oxygen concentrators will reach the state by 15 July, and 10,000 D-type cylinders by 24 June. Steps were being taken to provide oxygen facilities to hospitals with 50 or more beds. Another 20 ISO tankers would reach the state by 5 July.

The officials informed the chief minister that 10 kiloliter oxygen tankers are being made available in hospitals with 100 or above beds. They said Andhra Pradesh stood second in the country in terms of low mortality rate at 0.66 per cent death rate, positivity rate is 5.99 per cent, recovery rate is 95.53 per cent and added that the active cases were reduced to 69,831.

The officials said 2,562 ICU beds were available and added that 13,738 oxygen beds were available at present while they were only 433 on 17 May. More than 12,000 general beds were available at present while they were 4,978 on 14 May, the officials said and added that the lowest positivity rate of 2.58 percent was registered in Kurnool district and it was highest in East Godavari district at 12.25 per cent. The officials said that 90.54 per cent of beds were allotted under the Aarogyasri in network hospitals and there were 7,056 patients in COVID-19 care centres. They said 2,584 black fungus cases were registered so far out of which 185 people died and added that 976 people were discharged and 1,455 people are being treated.

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