Telangana Health Minister Eatala Rajender held a review meeting with senior officials of the health department today, Thursday, December 24, 2020, on the steps being taken in the Telangana State in the wake of global concerns with the new type of virus strain.
Officials informed the minister that 1,200 air passengers had returned to Telangana from UK and via UK from December 9 till date, and out of them Covid-19 tests were done on 846 persons with seven testing positive for the virus.
Officials informed the minister that positive samples were sent to CCMB lab to check for the type of virus strain in them. All flyers from UK are being monitored and efforts are on to trace the contacts that got in touch with the virus infected passengers. Those who tested negative are also being monitored closely, officials told the minister.
Eatala appealed to the people of the State to be alert in the wake of medical experts’ statements that this new virus stain from UK is likely to spread rapidly. He suggested that the upcoming Christmas, New Year and Sankranthi celebrations be confined to home in view of prevailing situation. He urged the people to follow all the precautions prescribed by the government to prevent the spread of the virus namely wearing of mask, physical distancing and regular washing of hands.
The Minister pointed out that since the vaccine is the only way to completely eradicate the fear about the virus, full arrangements are being made to provide vaccine to the people as soon as it available and stocks reached the State.