COVID-19:AP logs 310 new cases, govt decides to introduce half-day school system from April 1

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Amaravati, Mar 22 (PTI): Andhra Pradesh reported 310 fresh cases of coronavirus, 114 recoveries besides two deaths in the 24 hours ending 9 am on Monday and the government has decided to introduce half-day school system from April 1 following the spike in infections and rise in temperature.

The caseload mounted to 8,94,044 after 1.47 crore sample tests, at the rate of 6.05 per cent, according to the latest bulletin.

The total recoveries increased to 8,84,471 and toll to 7,191, it said.

The state now has 2,382 active cases, with Chittoor topping the chart with 492.

Meanwhile, state Education Minister A Suresh said half-day school system would be launched from April 1 in view of the spurt in COVID-19 cases and also rise in temperature.

The schools would run from 7.45 am to 11.30 am for classes 1 to 10 from April 1.

He directed officials of his department to ensure that Covid protocol was scrupulously followed in all schools.

He asked authorities to test students and ensure that they wear face masks, use hand sanitizer and also maintain physical distancing.

Chittoor added the highest of 51 fresh cases in a day, followed by East Godavari and Visakhapatnam with 43 each.

Guntur reported 28, Krishna and Anantapuramu 26 each, Kurnool 21, Srikakulam and Kadapa 20 new cases each.

SPS Nellore added 13, Prakasam 12 and Vizianagaram seven but West Godavari reported zero new positive cases in 24 hours, according to the bulletin.

Krishna and Kurnool districts reported one fresh COVID-19 fatality each. PTI DBV BN BN