ANDHRA PRADESH: CHIEF MINISTER REFUSED TO IMPOSE LOCKDOWN, DESPITE RISING IN DEATH RATES

Andhra Pradesh, reports 20 fatalities, over 6000 new Covid cases, despite that Chief Minister, YS Jagan Mohan Reddy refused to impose lockdown in the country despite the upsurge in the COVID-19 cases in the second wave and death rates. The reason behind not imposing lockdown: While addressing a videoconference on Friday with all the district collectors and Superintendents of police on Covid-19 the minister remarked that it was a troubling time, but the state has to contain Covid-19 without imposing a lockdown. The main reason behind which state cannot afford to impose complete lockdown is that it has a very devastating impact on the economy. During a high-level review meeting, the chief minister stated that last year Andhra Pradesh suffered a loss of 21.000 crores, and if the situation leads to a lockdown, the country will financially crunch and would become unstable and dependent. Necessary actions being taken: Mr. Jagan Mohan Reddy, pointed out that though the positivity rate has been high in cities and towns, the number of deaths accounted more in villages, either because patients neglected their condition, or had no easy accessibility to hospitals. Thus , the minister keeping this as his primary concern is taking all the important measures. The Chief Minister urged authorities to focus on testing, contact tracing and vaccination to bring the pandemic under control. Supply of more vaccines in the state, required: The Central government was requested to dispatch additional doses to expand the vaccination programme. According to the reports, Jagan Mohan Reddy, wrote another letter on Friday, to the PM, stating that the state is running out of vaccines and requested for another 60lakh dose to be sent.

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