‘By April 28, 21 districts will be declared COVID-19 free: KCR

HYDERABAD: Relieved over the declining trend in coronavirus cases in Telangana, Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao on Monday exuded confidence that in the next few days, the state would be totally free from positive COVID-19 cases.

He said the decline in the number of cases augurs well for the state.

He announced that by Tuesday, 21 districts in the state would not have a single active case, adding that over 97 per cent of the patients were recovering.

“The virus has spread to most parts of our state, first by foreigners, then by Tablighi Jamaat members. However, the police and the medical health department have been able to trace their contacts, this has yielded good results,” the CM said.

The officials informed the CM that on Monday, 159 samples were tested and out of them only two were found COVID-19 positive.

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“On Monday, when the tests were conducted on 159 people, only two turned out to be positive. 16 people were discharged from quarantine after treatment on Monday,” the statement further stated.

After attending PM Modi‘s video conference with all the Chief Ministers, Rao held a review meeting with Health Minister Eatala Rajender and other top officials.

KCR felt that the strict enforcement of the lockdown norms is resulting in the decline in the number of cases. He said the quarantine period of most of those found infected will end on May 8.

He, however, said the government will not be complacent in the wake of the drop in the number of cases.

KCR said that as announced earlier, the lockdown will continue till May 7. He appealed to people to follow the lockdown norms and the government guidelines.

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KCR said with the virus spread being contained, the number of containment zones will also come down gradually.

He said the process to identify and test all those who came in contact with the returnees from the Tablighi Jamaat event in Delhi was continuing.

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