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Within hours of announcing imposition of night curfew in the entire Andhra Pradesh on account of outbreak of Omicron variant of Coronavirus, the Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy government withdrew the decision and deferred it to post-Sankranti festival.

The chief minister took the decision at a meeting of health department officials on Monday.

The relevant government order (GO) was issued on Tuesday morning, imposing various restrictions including 50 per cent occupancy in cinema theatres and imposition of night curfew from 11 pm to 5 am.

But within a couple of hours, there was a clarification from the government that the GO was being modified and a fresh GO would be issued.

Later, speaking to reporters, state health minister Alla Nani said the government had decided to defer the night curfew plan in the wake of Sankranti festival.

He said the night curfew would cause a lot of inconvenience to the people travelling to and from their native places in the state for Sankranti festival. 

“A large number of people would be travelling to their native villages for the festival and returning to their places of work after the festival is over. Imposition of night curfew would affect their travel plans. Hence, we have decided to defer the decision to January 18,” Nani said.
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