With the state clocking 18,000 positive cases per day on an average, the chief minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy announced that a partial curfew will be imposed in the state. In a review meeting conducted by the chief minister, it was decided that curfew will be imposed from 12 PM to 6 AM for two weeks in the state starting from May 5. Shops and commercial establishments will be open from 6 AM to 12 PM after which only essential services will be open. Section 144 will be imposed in the state prohibiting the gathering of more than five people. Despite imposing the night curfew last month from 10 PM to 5 AM, the COVID cases in the state continue to rise, leading to the imposition of partial curfew.
The state has reported more than 11 lakh positive cases since the first wave, out of which 9,90,813 have been cured and discharged. Currently, there are more than 1.4 lakh cases in the state. Chittoor, East Godavari, Srikakulam, Kurnool, and Guntur districts recorded the highest number of COVID cases in the state.
In the review meeting, it was also decided to ensure that there is no oxygen shortage in the state. All the hospitals should import the required stock. Efforts will be made to track the primary contacts and ensure that they are tested. AP is one of the states in the country which is badly affected due to COVID. After much deliberation and interference of the High Court, the state government decided to postpone the Intermediate examinations.