Two blocks of Andhra Pradesh Secretariat shut after employee tests positive for COVID-19

South India


The state reports 105 fresh positive cases of Covid-19 and two more deaths on Monday, taking the total tally of infected people to 3674 and death to 64.

Two blocks of the Andhra Pradesh Secretariat at Amaravati were shut after an employee tested positive for COVID-19. Employees in two blocks have been asked to work from home and all five blocks at Secretariat are being sanitised, ANI reported.

The employee, who tested positive for COVID-19, is one of the Secretariat staffers who was stuck in Hyderabad and had returned to Amaravati on 27 May in one of the specially arranged buses, according to secretariat medical and health department officials.

The state reported a total of 105 fresh positive cases of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours. With the new cases, the total number of infected persons in the state has climbed to 3,674. While the death toll mounted to 64 after two more patients succumbed to the viral infection, according to timesnow news report.

The new deaths have been reported from Kurnool district. Of the 105 fresh cases reported in the last 24 hours ending 9 am on Monday, 76 were state residents, including eight in SPS Nellore district who contracted the virus from the Koyambedu market in Chennai. One more foreign returnee tested positive on Monday while 28 people who came from other states also were found to be infected with the virus.

With the COVID-19 lockdown 5.0 coming into effect on Monday, the state government has decided not to unlock its borders yet for inter-state movement of vehicles and people.

State Director General of Police D G Sawang said in a release that restrictions on inter-state movement of people would remain in force "till a further decision is taken."

The government has further advised the people, those who want to return to Andhra Pradesh from other states, to obtain an e-pass through the government's 'Spandana' web portal and undergo medical tests.

"Those seeking to come from less coronavirus-affected states will be sent to home quarantine and those from highly- affected states will be sent to institutional quarantine for seven days and if they test positive for the virus, they will be sent to the hospital or, if negative, for home quarantine for further seven days," the

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