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AP High Court pulls up State Govt on its COVID Action Plan

The Andhra Pradesh High Court asked the state government to submit details on the measures it is taking to handle the Coronavirus pandemic spread. A division bench of Chief Justice A.K. Goswami and Justice C. Praveen Kumar heard a petition filed by APCLA joint secretary Mohan Rao seeking details as to whether the state government is following COVID-19 control guidelines and the number of tests being done.
 
The court sought details on the availability of beds in hospitals for the infected, the number of Covid tests every day and the timing of release of the test reports, the status of medical oxygen availability and whether oxygen manufacturing plants were set up as per directions issued earlier by the Centre.
 
Counsel from the Government submitted the details to the court.  However, there is not much data on the number of tests being done while there are also numerous reports on shortage of  beds, lack of oxygen and lack of vaccines in the state. 
 
On the other hand, citizens are continuing to roam in public places without a mask while the government has not been vigilant about implementing stringent measures to control COVID-19. It is also reported that several vaccine doses were administered to those who have used their influence and got the jab, while leaving the citizens and those who deserve it, high and dry, with the current shortage. 
 
Amidst such critical comments from the State High Court, a tragic case of a woman's body being carried on a bike has been reported from Srikakulam due to the lack of an ambulance facility. The 50-year-old woman had COVID-19 symptoms for a while and she had been waiting for her test results. However, the woman died before her diagnostic report. The woman, a native of Mandasa Mandal village in Srikakulam district in Andhra Pradesh.
 
This has sparked off a controversy on Jagan’s reintroduction of 104 and 108 ambulances. Many people in the state have been questioning for long on why ambulances in the state are not being made available while the government claims otherwise. 
 
Going by these incidents and the way the Jagan government is handling a crisis like COVID-19 when the country is undergoing a health crisis, it looks like Andhra Pradesh will have to deal with this blow harder along with all the hassles that continue to exist under the current government. 

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