COVID-19: Telangana govt allows further relaxations to lockdown norms

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Announcing further relaxations in lockdown norms, the Telangana government on Wednesday permitted all types of shops, except malls, to open in Hyderabad.

 

Earlier, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao had announced extension of lockdown in the state till May 31, with several relaxations, as per which shops in Hyderabad were allowed to open on an alternate odd- even basis.

As per the relaxations on Wednesday, all shops in Hyderabad, except malls,will be allowed to open from May 28.

Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao held separate meetings with ministers and officials on the COVID-19 situation and implementation of lockdown, among others and took decisions on several issues.

The government also lifted the night ban on plying state Road Transport Corporation buses. However, it has decided not to allow buses to run in Hyderabad for some more days in view of the COVID-19 case load.

Taxis, autos and other passenger vehicles would be allowed at the bus stations

During the meeting, the government took decision on payment of the Aasara (social security) pensions without any change.

Extending provision of 12 kg rice per person to the poor in June in view of the lockdown.

The government decided to continue with deductions in salaries of public representatives, All India Service officers, government employees, outsourcing and contract workers for this month. 

However, the financial assistance of Rs 1,500 given to poor ration cardholders would not be given in June.

According to the release, the Chief Minister said the health department was ready to meet any increase in the number of positive cases and provide treatment. He instructed officials concerned to provide emergency care to COVID-19 patients whose health deteriorates.

On the COVID-19 situation, Rao said people should not feel scared about the virus as the spread was not an alarming scale, though relaxations were given in lockdown guidelines. However, they should be cautious and alert to avoid contracting the virus.
 

With inputs from PTI

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