TS schools likely to stay shut longer due to rise in COVID-19 cases

Hyderabad: There is a high chance that the schools in Telangana might be shut for longer, in spite of some classes reopening recently, due to the high number of COVID-19 cases being reported in the neighbouring Maharashtra.

The state government has sounded a high alert due to the same. Telangana health minister Eatala Rajender has also ordered the hospitals to be ready receive COVID-19 patients, in case the number of daily cases surge once again.

In the wake of an increase of cases in Maharashtra, health department officials are considering various measures to control the pandemic. They have indicated that restrictions may be imposed at district levels to stop the virus from spreading.

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The spike of COVID-19 cases in the state over the last few days has forced authorities to be on high alert. High-density areas have been identified to keep a vigil on the rising number of cases.

On March 11, a total of 181 cases were reported, out of which 44 were from Hyderabad, 19 from Rangareddy District, 15 were from Medchal-Malkajgiri, 10 from Karimnagar and 10 from Nizamabad.

On 12 March 2021, the number of new cases was 216. As per the figures released on March 13, only three districts remain in the state with where there are no new cases.

The state health department is undertaking necessary steps to control the pandemic. It had given instructions to keep hospital beds and oxygen cylinders ready to treat the patients.

Instructions have also been issued to impose the use of face mask and social distancing strictly. A new set of guidelines are likely to be issued by the health department soon.

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