One more person has diagnosed positive for coronavirus in Andhra Pradesh, taking the total number of positive cases in the state to six. As per reports, the sixth confirmed case is a 49-year-old woman who is a close contact of an earlier positive case. According to a medical bulletin from Andhra Pradesh government, the patient has been admitted to a hospital in Visakhapatnam. As per reports, she got transmitted the disease from her husband who recently returned from Mecca.
This is the first case of community transmission of Coronavirus in Andhra Pradesh
Meanwhile, Andhra Pradesh CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Sunday announced a lockdown in the entire state until March 31. Highlighting that isolation and social distancing are critical practices in fighting coronavirus, Reddy urged people to stay at home. The government employees have been directed to work in shifts. Public transport within the state and inter-state transport will be shut. At the same time, he assured that essential services such as groceries, milk, food delivery will be available. Additionally, he declared that each family shall receive Rs.1,000 and free ration would be given to the poor. The AP CM also warned of strict action against sellers if they attempted to hike prices.
The state government has taken numerous steps to mitigate the situation. For instance, all schools, colleges, universities, coaching centres were asked to close on Thursday. Thereafter, the Jagan Mohan Reddy government issued orders shutting down cinema halls, shopping malls, swimming pools, and amusement parks. While daily rituals will continue to take place in temples, devotees would not be permitted entry. These restrictions will remain in place till March 31.
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