The Telangana state government is planning to reimpose total lockdown in Hyderabad (GHMC limits) from July 1 to July 15 in the wake of sharp increase in corona positive cases in GHMC limits since June 1 after easing of lockdown restrictions.
An indication to this effect was given by none other than Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Sunday, June 28, 2020.
Out of over total 12,000 corona positive cases recorded in Telangana till date, over 10,000 were recorded in GHMC limits alone.
In this backdrop, the Telangana health department officials have requested CM KCR to reimpose lockdown in Hyderabad for another 15 days.
KCR told them that he will take decision on reimposing lockdown in Telangana in the next three or four days.
KCR has decided to finalise the strategy to contain spread of Corona Virus in the GHMC jurisdiction in the next three to four days. He said a decision will also be taken on the proposals that lock down should be re-imposed under the GHMC limits for a few days. The CM said that there is no need to get anxious or entertain fear about the more number of positive cases in the city as the government had made all arrangements to offer proper treatment to all the needy.
A high-level review meeting held at Pragathi Bhavan here on Sunday on containment of Corona Virus, treatment available for the Corona patients, strategy to be implemented in future and other related issues. Medical and Health Minister Sri Etela Rajender, Municipal Administration Minister Sri K.T.Rama Rao, R&B Minister Sri Vemula Prashanth Reddy, Chief Secretary Sri Somesh Kumar, Medical and Health doctors participated in the meeting. The review was held on Corona virus spread, meausres taken to contain it. Minister Sri Rajender explained about the prevailing situation.
“Corona is spreading speedily all over the country. In the same way In Telangana State there is increase in the positive cases. When compared to the national average, the death rate in Telangana State is less. There is no need for fear. Necessary treatment is given to the positive patients. We have kept thousands of beds ready in both government and private hospitals and colleges. Patients who are in critical conditions are treated in the hospitals. Asymptomatic patients are given treatment in their homes,” Sri Rajender explained.
Special Chief Secretary (Medical and Health) Ms Shanta Kumari, in her report pointed out that the number of deaths due to the virus is at very low in the State. The Average deaths due to Covid19 at the National level is 3.04 while it is 1.52 in Telangana State. She said that more number of tests are being conducted in Telangana state. All those tested positive were given the required treatment, she stated.
A detailed discussion took place at the meeting on the spread of Corona under the GHMC limits. Minister Sri Rajender said that several Medical and Health officials and medical experts are asking for another 15-day lock down under the GHMC limits.
“Hyderabad is a metropolitan city in which one crore people live. It is but natural that like other cities in the country, the spread of Corona is also high in the city. People started moving around after the lock down is lifted. This led to the spread of the virus. In Chennai in Tamil Nadu, lock down was re-imposed to contain the spread. Other cities in the country are also thinking on these lines. Medical and Health department also made proposals that the re-imposition of lock down in Hyderabad is a good. But re-imposition of lock down will be a very major decision. Government machinery and people should be made ready for this. Especially the police department should be kept ready. Cabinet meeting should be convened. A decision on lock down should be taken by eliciting views from all the concerned. Let us examine the situation keenly for two to three days. If need be, Cabinet will be convened in three to four days to discuss proposals for the lockdown, alternatives and other related issues and a decision will be taken,” CM Sri KCR said.