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Schools to reopen in Andhra Pradesh from this date

As the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic weakens, the Andhra Pradesh government has decided to reopen schools from in the state from August 16. The information was shared by State Education Minister Audimulpu Suresh. Online classes will start from July 12.

Notably, Andhra Pradesh reported 3,166 new cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours on Wednesday morning, while 321 died due to the infections. As per the health department’s bulletin, 4,019 people recovered from the virus in a day. 

On July 5, the Andhra government announced further relaxations in curfew timings from July 8 barring two Godavari districts.

The decision was taken at a review meeting on the Covid-19 situation in the state by Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy along with officials.

The CM decided to allowed cinemas, restaurants, gyms, and function halls to operate from July 8 strictly adhering to Covid protocols, including alternate seating in cinemas and restaurants with 50 percent seating capacity by mandating masks and sanitizers. However, all shops and commercial establishments should close by 9 pm.

The Chief Minister has directed the officials to complete the establishment of oxygen generation plants in the next two months with full production capacity.

Further, the Chief Minister instructed the officials to focus on vaccination, prioritising teachers. He told officials to complete vaccination of government employees on priority department wise, including pregnant women.

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