Vijayawada: The Andhra Pradesh government on Monday said it has decided to vaccinate, on a priority basis, all students going abroad for higher studies and those going abroad for employment.

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.

On Sunday, the Telangana government had decided that students going overseas for higher education will be given vaccination on priority. "The Cabinet has decided that students going overseas for higher education will be given vaccination on priority so they can travel safely. Guidelines will be issued soon with details," the Telangana minister of industries, K.T Rama Rao, had said.

Earlier on Monday, Andhra Pradesh chief minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy laid the foundation for 14 new medical teaching colleges planned across the state, in a virtual meet from his Tadepalli camp office on Monday. The event, among many, was held to commemorate the two years of Jagan's rule in the state.

The construction work of two new medical teaching colleges has started already, which makes it a total of 16 medical colleges. Apart from building 16 new teaching medical colleges, the government is investing a total of over Rs 16,000 crore in revamping the health infrastructure in the state, right from the primary to the tertiary level. New hospitals will be built wherever necessary and the old ones will be revamped wherever solicited.

The 16 new colleges will come up in Pulivendula, Paderu, Machilipatnam, Vizianagaram, Anakapalli, Rajahmundry, Amalapuram, Palakollu, Eluru, Bapatla, Markapuram, Madanapalli, Penukonda, Nandyal and Adoni respectively and will cost the government exchequer an estimated total of Rs 7,880 crores.

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