Another boost in testing, treatment of COVID-19 patients: CM

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Prime Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Monday stressed the need for a renewed push into tracking, investigating and treating those infected with coronavirus, saying the sharp rise in the number of positive cases in recent days required schools to close and restrictions on public gatherings and closed rooms from April 20th.

In a review meeting on the COVID situation in the state on Monday, Jagan Mohan Reddy said that maintaining physical distance was of the utmost importance and that people should be careful when visiting cinemas, convention centers, hotels and other public places.

He insisted that there should be a distance of at least two meters between two seats during social events and that one seat should remain free for every two seats in cinemas.

The Prime Minister admonished hospitals to be ready to handle the onslaught of patients and make sanitation a top priority.

Oxygen production

He directed officials to inform all households interviewed by community and village volunteers and other staff about the extent to which the virus is spreading. Jagan Mohan Reddy said that if necessary, oxygen production facilities should be created and the state oxygen content from the Visakhapatnam Steel Mill (VSP) should also be preserved.

Officials informed Mr. Jagan Mohan Reddy that the government had arranged for a daily supply of 310 tons of oxygen. The state has 26,446 beds with oxygen systems.

Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister Alla Kali Krishna Srinivas, Police Director General D. Gautam Sawang, Chief Secretary (Health) AK Singhal, Health Commissioner Katamneni Bhaskar and other officials were also present.

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