Andhra Pradesh Giovernment on Friday extended covid-19 curfew in the state till June 30 but gave a four-hour additional relaxation in the timings. Relaxation time was extended from 6 AM to 6 PM. The decision was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan today. According to the latest COVID-19 guidelines, the curfew will remain in force from 6 pm to 6 am daily from June 21.

A CMO release said all shops and business establishments will have to be shut by 5 pm daily. In East Godavari district, which has still been reporting a higher number of coronavirus cases, the curfew will be in force from 6 pm to 6 am. Government offices will function normally from June 21 and staff have been directed to attend work as per the revised schedule.

The Chief Minister directed the officials to expedite the works of construction of new 350-tonne liquid oxygen manufacturing plant so that the State will attain self-sufficiency in the availability of medical oxygen. The officials informed the Chief Minister that 10-kilolitre oxygen tankers are being made available in hospitals with 100 or above bed hospitals.

Andhra Pradesh stood second in the country with the lowest mortality rate with 0.66 per cent death rate, positivity rate is 5.99 per cent, the recovery rate is 95.53 per cent and added that the active cases were reduced to 69,831 cases, they said.

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 as of May 17. More than 12,000 general beds were available at present while they were 4,978 on May 14, the officials said and added that the lowest positivity rate of 2.58 per cent is registered on Kurnool district and it was the highest in East Godavari district with 12.25 per cent.

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