North coastal Andhra is witnessing a surge in Covid-19 cases, with Srikakulam district registering 912 cases, the second-highest in AP after Chittoor with 1,171 cases in the last 24 hours. Visakhapatnam saw 555 cases and Vizianagaram 349.
Senior medical officers and a few NGOs appealed to the government to impose restrictions to contain the spread of the virus in the region. They said fishing harbours, shopping malls, cinema halls and tourist spots were seeing huge gatherings with many not using masks and sanitizers nor maintaining social distance.
As a measure to contain the rush at the fishing harbor, the department of fisheries has offered Rs 10,000 to country boat owners to stop fishing. This is on par with what is paid to motorized and mechanical boats during the fishing holiday period.
Speaking to Hello Vizag, joint director Phani Prakash said that “This would prevent crowding in the markets as well as improve the breeding of fish in the sea.” He said not many people were seen in the fishing harbor on Sunday as most of the boats were anchored due to the two-month fishing holiday that came into effect from April 15.
Elected representatives also announced that they would not be meeting people physically. Anakapalle MP Dr K Satyavati and MLA Gudivada Amarnath on Sunday appealed to the people not to visit their camp offices or homes due to the spread of Covid. Both the leaders announced that the petitioners could call them over the phone for redressal of grievances or send emails.
Visakhapatnam West MLA and TD leader P.V.G.R. Naidu (Gannababu) also announced restrictions. He said a box has been kept at his main ate where people could drop their petitions and call him for urgent matters.