As India battles a resurgent COVID-19 pandemic, state governments across the country are extending curfews or increasing restrictions to contain the spread. The Andhra Pradesh government has also announced that it will imposes a partial curfew in the state for 14 days starting May 5.

Shops would be allowed to open daily from 6 am to 12 noon, with prohibitory orders under Section 144 CrPC in force. Thereafter, only emergency services would be allowed as curfew would be clamped till 6 AM. For the past few days, night curfew from 10 pm to 5 am is in force in the state to contain COVID-19.

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The decision was taken during review meeting held at the Camp Office by Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Covid, Vaccination, Nadu-Nedu (health) and YSR Kanti Velugu in Amaravati on Monday.

The decision to impose partial curfew was taken in view of the spike in new infections in the second wave of the pandemic. “The decision was taken balancing the daily needs of the people and ensuring that ecenomic activity is not hit,” the release said.

The number of positive cases and deaths is rising following which the government has taken the decision to clamp the day curfew. For the past few days, night curfew from 10 pm to 5 am is in force in the state to contain COVID-19. The officials informed the Chief Minister that the first dose of vaccine was administered to 52 lakh people above 45 years, and 1.33 crore people were yet to get vaccinated.