Curfew extended till June 20

Amaravati, June 7:

Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy held a review meeting on prevailing COVID situation and vaccination and decided to extend the curfew in force till June 20. The curfew relaxation timings were changed to 6AM to 2 PM after June 10.

During the review meeting held at camp office here on Monday, the Chief Minister said the working hours of government offices would be from 8 AM to 2 PM from June 10 and directed the officials to be on high alert, though the cases were coming down. He said precautionary measures should be taken till positivity rate is decreased and the situation is under control.

The officials briefed the Chief Minister on analysis and data of third wave of COVID. They discussed the measures to be taken regarding children in the wake of third wave of COVID. The officials said there is no scientific confirmation yet about the third wave of COVID. The officials informed the Chief Minister on the consequences and estimates on the people, who will be affected if COVID third wave hits the state. They said nutrition and vaccination programmes should be continued considering third wave of COVID. Discussions were also held on medicines, equipment and bio medical equipment to be used.

The Chief Minister directed the officials to create awareness among the parents on the impact of third wave of COVID in children and it’s intensity. He said to provide training to Asha and health workers on identifying pediatric symptoms. The Chief Minister said pediatric wards should be setup in all teaching hospitals following national standards and directed the officials to develop them very soon to provide better medical facilities to children. He said to inspect PHCs and area hospitals and make arrangements to provide treatment to children wherever possible and added to procure required medicines and recruit doctors considering third wave of COVID will hit the state.

He said to monitor the distribution of dry ration being given under YSR Sampoorna Poshana and Gorumuddha schemes. He said to identify the hospitals to provide treatment to children in prior for empanelment and added to provide information on third wave to private teaching hospitals so that they can be prepared. He said to focus on setting up oxygen generation plants in hospitals and update the information to him. The Chief Minister directed the officials to set up three pediatric care centers to provide best medical facilities to children across the state. He said to set up three pediatric centers at Vishakapatnam, Tirupati and Krishna- Guntur region. He said to prepare a plan for the construction of each hospital with the cost of Rs 180 crore.
The officials informed the Chief Minister that Covid cases have been decreasing in the state and added that positivity rate has declined to 10.73 percent while it was 25.56 on May 16 and active cases were decreased to 1.23 lakh while they were 2.11 lakh on May 17. They said recovery rate has been increased to 92.33 percent. They said 1,753 ICU beds were available on June 6 while it was 380 ICUbeds on May 15 and added that 8,701 oxygen beds are available at present while they were only 433 on May 17. They said 90,553 people were in home isolation and 1551 black fungus cases were registered till now of which 98 were dead and remaining were being treated.
Deputy Chief Minister Alla Krishna Srinivas, Chief Secretary Adityanath Das, DGP Goutam Sawang, Covid command control chairman Dr KS Jawahar Reddy, Covid taskforce committee chairman MT Krishna Babu, Health Secretary ( Covid Management & Vaccination) M Ravi Chandra, 104 call center incharge A Babu, Health Commissioner Katamaneni Bhaskar, Arogyasri CEO Dr A Mallikarjuna, APMSIDC VC and MD V. Vijayarama Raju, AP Health system strengthening project Project director Dr V Vinod Kumar, Ayush Commissioner Ramulu and other officials were present.

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