Hyderabad lockdown speculation triggers reverse migration to Andhra Pradesh

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Speculations on another complete lockdown in the Telangana capital of Hyderabad in the light of the recent surge in Covid-19 cases, hundreds of people are heading to their natives places in Andhra Pradesh.  

 

Fearing that they may be stuck in the city if the lockdown was re-imposed, workers and businessmen were returning to be with their family using available modes of transport, said an IANS report.

Officials have neither confirmed or denied the rumours doing rounds in the city that the government was gearing up to introduce another lockdown to arrest the spread of the virus. The state cabinet is expected to take a decision next week.

Majority of those returning home are daily wage workers, construction labourers, domestic workers, and traders. Most of them had returned to Hyderabad after the easing of the lockdown in May.

The rumours were sparked by Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao’s earlier statement hinting that this time the lockdown will be strict with only two-hour relaxation for people to buy essentials. Health Minister Eatala Rajender had also gone on record to state that the health experts suggested a 15-day lockdown in Greater Hyderabad to contain the spurt in coronavirus cases.

Checkposts at Garikapadu in Krishna district, Pondugala in Guntur, Jeelugumilli in West Godavari and Panchalingala in Kurnool district were witnessing congestion with large number of people wanting to return to their home state. Officials at the inter-state checkposts said the number of people crossing into Andhra Pradesh had almost doubled during the last four to five days.

The IANS report said that people were waiting in long queues for verification of documents by the authorities. Only those who obtained permission from the Andhra Pradesh government were being allowed. The officials were checking 'Spandana' e-pass, Aadhar and other documents and registering their residential addresses. Those without an e-pass and other documents were being turned away.

The officials at the checkposts were also conducting thermal screening of all people and taking swab collections of those with suspected symptoms of COVID-19. They are also stamping 'home quarantine' marks on the hands of those with symptoms.

Andhra Pradesh Director General of Police Gautam Sawang has appealed to people not to come to the checkposts without obtaining e-pass through state government's portal 'Spandana' to avoid inconvenience.

According to Deccan Chronicle. Telangana recorded 1,892 new cases of coronavirus infection on Friday. Of this, as many as 1,658 patients were from the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation limits.

The positive cases reported on Friday is the state's biggest single-day spurt so far. Only three other states in the country recorded more cases on Friday: Maharashtra (6,364), Tamil Nadu (4,329) and Delhi (2,520).

Image Credit: Deccan Chronicle

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