Hyderabad: Chief secretary of Telangana Somesh Kumar said that the state government has no plan to impose a lockdown as of now. Kumar also added that the COVID-19 situation in the state is also under control.
Dismissing the rumour doing rounds on social media and other platforms, that there will be lockdown in the state, Kumar said that it is creating panic and an “artificial” shortage of essential items. The situation in the states where lockdown is imposed is different, he added.
He urged people to stay at home, wear masks and follow other COVID-19 protocols. He also asked people not to get panic.
CM not in favour of lockdown in Telangana: Home minister
Earlier, the home minister of Telangana, Mohammed Mahmood Ali, said that chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is not in favour of a lockdown in the state as the poor will suffer. The CM will take a decision after April 30 based on the outcome of the night curfew and the health department’s recommendation, he added.
Yesterday, the director of public health Dr. Srinivasa Rao said that the next four weeks are crucial in the battle against the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic in the state. Stating that May is the month of marriages and festivals, he asked the people of Telangana to be on alert.
COVID-19 cases in Telangana
Meanwhile, the state registered 7994 fresh COVID-19 cases on Thursday, taking the overall infection count to over 4.27 lakh. The death toll rose to 2,208 with 58 more fatalities, the health bulletin said on Thursday.
Among the total number of new cases reported, the Greater Hyderabad area accounted for the most number of cases with 1630, followed by Medchal Malkajgiri (615) and Ranga Reddy (558). The state has 76,060 active cases. The case fatality rate in the state is also 0.51 percent, as against the 1.1 percent at the national level. The recovery rate in Telangana is pegged at 81.71 percent, while the country’s is 82.1 percent.