Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has instructed officials to vaccinate students going abroad for study and those who leave the country on work visas to protect them from COVID.
The government should issue them with vaccination certificates, he ordered, wishing that the supplies of oxygen, injections and pills needed to treat people with black fungus should be given priority.
In a COVID containment review meeting at his warehouse office on Monday, Mr Jagan said the decline in the number of COVID-positive cases and the rate of positivity, as well as the improvement in the recovery rate, shouldn’t be a cause for complacency, as the turning point is likely to be hit by the pandemic becoming was still unpredictable.
Officials told the prime minister that the number of COVID cases in urban areas was 2,632 per million people and 1,859 cases per million in villages. The positivity rate was 25.56% on May 16 and decreased to 15.91% on May 30.
Regarding the black yeast infections, officials said there were 1,179 cases of the disease, 1,068 patients were being treated, 97 patients had recovered and 14 had died.
Research found that black fungus was seen in some patients who did not have COVID and diabetes was a predominant cause of this dreaded fungal infection. In addition, officials said oxygen consumption had decreased to 490 metric tons (MT) and 654 MT had been procured on May 29.