Ministers visit virus affected districts
As per the instructions of the Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy to visit COVID-19 hit districts across the State, a group of Ministers comprising Alla Kali Krishna Srinivas (Nani), Mutthamsetti Srinivas, and Kurasala Kannababu visited Visakhapatnam on Tuesday and held a review meeting with the district officials.
Later speaking to the media, Minister for Health Alla Nani instructed the officials to implement the lockdown strictly and appealed to the public to remain indoors as a precautionary measure.“In Visakhapatnam, the spread of the virus is in second stage and it has to be controlled. So far, three positive cases have been registered in Visakhapatnam and the district officials have identified Seethammadhara, Gajuwaka, and Anakapalle as high-risk zones, as these places have more numbers of foreign returnees. Strict action will be taken against those who defy the rules and come on roads without valid reason."
In the view of the COVID-19 pandemic, hundreds of beds have been made available for treating the cases in isolation at VIMS Visakhapatnam, KGH, and also the district hospitals. In all these hospitals ventilator facilities are equipped and 200 more ventilators will be arranged in ICU's.
So far through the house to house survey by village volunteers, we were able to track 14,038 foreign returnees across the State and 1364 of them belong to Visakhapatnam district alone. The Government of India has also sent us the list of the foreign returnees and we shall track them. For every 10 foreign returnees, one official will be kept incharge to monitor them. Compared to other States, the number of cases in Andhra Pradesh is way less, because of the effective precautionary steps taken by the government.
Minister for Agriculture Kurasala Kannababu said that there is no need for people to panic and the government is making all efforts to fight against the coronavirus. All they have to do is to maintain social distance and stay safe. He further stated that strict action will be taken against those inflating the prices of commodities and black-marketing in the view of lockdown. “All the essential commodities like rice, vegetables, dairy products will be available for the public. For safety reasons, all the rythu bazars have been shifted to open grounds and stadiums. People are requested to come out only during emergencies. The Chief Minister has already announced that all the BPL families will be receiving one month of free ration and Rs 1000 for every family.”
Minister Muttamsetti Srinivas stated all the pharma industries and other important institutions to minimize the work power and take safety precautions in the workspace. While the State government is taking so many efforts to control the pandemic situation, opposition parties are making cheap politics. We urge them to cooperate with the government in controlling the situation rather than politicizing