Followed by a high-level review meeting with the ministers and health officials, the Andhra Pradesh government on Sunday took a crucial decision. In the wake of increasing positive cases in the state, Chief Minister Jagan announced to reduce the relaxation period given to citizens for buying essentials during lockdown by two hours in urban areas.
While the citizens were allowed to go out for essential commodities from 6 AM to 1 PM, the timings are deferred reducing 2 hours upon which the officials are instructed to ensure strict lockdown spot the relaxation period. This move taken by the Jagan-led government has been welcoming criticism from both citizen and health experts. It was opined that the decision taken increases the chances of citizen flocking at local markets further triggering the chances of spread of infection.
Andhra Pradesh is one of the states with zero Corona deaths while the government is speculating on deploying the volunteers to deliver groceries to the houses to reduce the risks of spread of infection. The Chief Minister also instructed officials to make use of RTC buses for the supply of essential goods and delivery of vegetables through mobile vans. The government also announced a helpline to take complaints about price hike or hoarders who sell at a higher price.