Amaravati, April 19: Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Monday ordered the closure of all schools for classes 1 to 9 in the state from April 20.

Hostels and coaching centers will also remain shut from April 20. However, the examinations for Class 10 and Intermediate students will be held as scheduled amid strict COVID-19 protocol.

During a review meeting with officials, the Chief Minister emphasized that wearing masks should be made mandatory, and a fine of Rs 100 must be levied on all those violating the norms. Further, he stressed maintaining physical distance in cinema halls, function halls, convention centers, and hotels.

He said a seat must be left vacant between every two seats in theaters. He said a six- feet distance should be maintained between two chairs in function halls and hotels.

Jagan also directed the officials to focus on creating more awareness about the 104 number services, like Covid-19 related queries, ensuring beds and treatment for patients and ambulance services.

Oxygen Supply

The Chief Minister instructed the authorities to equip all the hospitals with all the necessary medical infrastructure and ensure good medical facilities, access to doctors, and proper sanitation are in place. He told the officials to see that the state share of oxygen supply from the Visakha plant is properly supplied and focus on setting up oxygen production centers if necessary.

Officials said the state government has agreed to supply 310 tonnes of oxygen per day. So far, there are 26,446 oxygen beds in 146 hospitals across the state, which has a requirement of 347 kiloliters of oxygen per day. Besides, the state has a full storage capacity of 577 kiloliters of oxygen, which is enough for one and a half days for all hospitals.

The Chief Minister also directed the officials to step up tracing the primary contacts of those who have been diagnosed with Covid and also increase the testing. He also ordered the officials to use the volunteer's survey in villages and wards and test immediately if anyone is suffering from fever, or if any such symptoms appear.

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