There has undoubtedly been a steep surge in Covid-19 cases in a lot of districts in Andhra Pradesh. To try and control local transmission, district administrations have been looking towards imposing a localized version of the lockdown in the highly infected areas.
The partial lockdown is imposed under the provisions of Section 25 in the Disaster Management Act, 2005. It grants allowance to the officials to impose necessary measures, a partial lockdown in this case, if necessary.
These lockdowns are already underway in parts of Srikakulam, Prakasam, West Godavari, and Anantapur. 36 out of 50 zones in Tirupati also have a partial lockdown imposed as they are high containment clusters.
Areas in East Godavari have also seen a surge in cases. Keeping that in mind, the officials in East Godavari have also decided to impose a new lockdown from June 25th. According to the official report by the district collector, Muralidhar Reddy, new restrictions will be imposed on the already existing ones. He was quoted saying, “This is in view of the steep increase in the number of Covid-19 cases and containment zones.”
Andhra Pradesh, though not as badly hit as the more crowded metropolitan states, has seen a steep spike in the Covid-19 cases since Unlock 1.0 was imposed, earlier in the month. In a total of 5,696 cases since June 1st, it was clear that another lockdown was desperately needed.
As Unlock 1.0 began, there was a visible disregard for wearing masks and maintaining adequate social distancing as travel restrictions were relaxed. Cases were spouting in crowded localities and colonies, and there was a lot of influx of migrant workers as well. There was also a lot of movement of temple devotees to Tirupati, which has subsequently reduced in the wake of the partial lockdown in that district.
Partial lockdown and restrictions by local authorities could be the way to reduce the rising number of cases in each district, with the state count of total cases going up to 9,834 as of Tuesday. Containment zones are also being considered so, for a longer time, so as to decrease public movement in infected areas.
Inputs from Yukta Baid