COVID-19 spike: Partial lockdown begins in AP

With a surge in COVID-19 cases in the past few weeks, the Andhra Pradesh government has decided to impose a partial lockdown which began yesterday. The state government took the decision to impose further restrictions on the movement of people. A partial lockdown has come into force and shops and business establishments would be allowed to function only from 6 am to 12pm.
Prohibitory orders under Section 144 would be in force during the relaxation period and congregations of not more than five members would be allowed. After noon, people would be allowed to come out only for emergency services, which are exempted from curfew.
The government took the decision in view of the sharp spike in new infections in the second wave and more particularly in the past couple of days. The state reported over 23,929 new infections on Sunday, the highest till now and that has forced them to impose the lockdown.
The government had already imposed night curfew from 10 pm to 5 am in the entire state. Several district administrations have been imposing the curfew from 7 pm itself and local traders are voluntarily shutting businesses from the afternoon itself as part of steps to bring down the movement of people in public places.

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