Amid COVID-19 lockdown, Andhra govt distributes free ration to poor

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VIJAYAWADA: Andhra Pradesh government on Sunday distributed free ration to the poor for the month of April in wake of COVID-19 lockdown.

 

The Andhra Pradesh government is serving the poor with this free ration in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

People at these shops also maintained social distancing and waited for the ration at lines earmarked for them.

According to the report, the distribution of free rice along with 1 kg of dal started at 6 am this morning and will continue till 1 pm. 

On March 24, the state government had said April ration of rice and 1 kg of red gram dal will be given free of cost to all rice card holders.

The state government also said that pensions will be disbursed on April 1 at the doorstep apart from Rs 1,000 in cash to families who are below the poverty line (BPL) on April 4.

Andhra Pradesh government had earlier constituted a five-member task-force to monitor the spread of coronavirus in the state.

The total number of coronavirus patients in the country has surged to 979, including 48 foreigners.

According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare report, there are 867 active cases of the disease as of Sunday, out of the total confirmed cases, while 87 persons have also been cured and discharged or migrated.

Meanwhile, the number of deaths due to the infection rose to 25. 

The Central government has taken many stringent measures to prevent the further spread of the disease.

Starting from Tuesday midnight, India is under 21-day lockdown to curb the spread of novel coronavirus. 

Only the essential services like grocery shops, medical outlets remain functional during the lockdown.

 

With inputs from Agency


 

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