Wine shops in the state Andhra Pradesh will be opened on Monday and will have a 25 percent hike in the price of alcohol.
This is in line with the government’s policy of introducing a phased prohibition on alcohol.
Exclusive wine shops that are not in any malls or supermarkets only sell alcohol, with the social distance regulation strictly enforcing not exceeding five customers at once.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy stressed that the state government is taking effective measures to ban alcohol consumption across the state, thereby increasing the price by 25 percent.
The number of stores will decrease further in the coming days.
He urged people not to go to the state borders wherever they are, as the center guidelines only deport migrant workers.
According to a press release from the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister’s Office (CMO), in a review meeting with the authorities, the chief minister told the people to stay where they are and not to travel.
The CMO said: “He urged people not to come to the state borders by being infected with the virus and not to risk their own families. Currently, the state has a large number of migrant workers, and the biggest challenge before the government is to give them custody.”
Meanwhile, the major COVID-19 hotbed of Kurnool has been a cause of concern, as the state’s total has increased to 1,583 out of 30 cases out of 58 fresh cases reported in Andhra Pradesh on Sunday.
The latest health department bulletin said 47 patients were discharged from hospitals in different districts and there were no deaths in the state.
The number of discharged persons in the state was 488 and the number of active cases was 1,062.
COVID-19 cases in Kurnool district are on the rise, hitting 466 as the local transmission of the virus continues.
A senior official said the effects of the Tablighi Jamaat cluster are still being felt in the district.
The impact of the Tablighi Jamaat is still visible in the latest cases. The chain of secondary contacts continues, from the Jamaat attendees to their initial contacts and afterwards, the official said, referring to a number of people who have tested positive since the incident in Delhi.
The second worst-hit district, Guntur, added 11 new cases in the last 24 hours ending at 9 am on Sunday, bringing the total to 319.
Eight cases were reported in Krishna district.
Two other districts of the Red Zone of the AP, SPS Nellore and Chittoor, each registered one case while the Orange Zone had seven.
Vizianagaram, the lone green zone, is the only district where no coronavirus case has been reported so far.
Seven other districts in the state have not reported a new case, according to the bulletin.
In the last 24 hours, 18 patients in Guntur, 13 in Chittoor, 11 in Kurnool, three in East Godavari, and two in Krishna were discharged.
The government claims that AP is the first of all states in the country to conduct 2,152 COVID-19 tests per million population, bringing the total number of tests to 1,14,937.