Telangana government extends COVID-19 lockdown in state till May 29

South India

Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Tuesday announced that lockdown in Telangana has been extended till May 29.


CM said that the lockdown is being extended to ensure that Hyderabad does not witness a mass community transmission stage like Mumbai.

Last month, even before the Centre had announced the first extension of the nationwide lockdown till May 3, Rao had said the lockdown in Telangana would continue till May 7.

After a cabinet meeting, Telangana Chief Minister said that night-time curfew would continue in the entire state.

"Public should complete the purchase of essential items by 6 pm and they should reach their residences. There will be a curfew in the state from 7 pm. If anyone is found outside, police will initiate action”, CM said.

Only six districts in the state have been categorised as 'Red Zones' -- Suryapet, Gadwal, Rangareddy, Hyderabad, Medchal and Vikarabad. Of these, Hyderabad and Medchal are the worst-affected districts.

Other than those, 18 districts are in the 'Orange Zone' and nine in the 'Green Zone'.

As per the Ministry of Home Affairs' guidelines, economic activities have been resumed in the zones of Telangana except for six red zone areas. After a review meeting of May 15, a further decision will be taken.

As of now, only 50 per cent of shops will be allowed to open after a lottery system. The functioning hours for shops will be from 10 am to 6 pm in orange and green zones.

In red zones, other than the essential shops, shops selling electrical goods, cement, hardware, steel, automobile spare parts and activities and services related to agriculture will be open. However, no relaxation will be given in Hyderabad

Meanwhile, the state also announced the opening of liquor shops from May 6. The state has also hiked liquor prices by 16 per cent. Those who are not wearing mask will not be allowed to buy alcohol in Telangana. However, bars, clubs and pubs will remain close 

In additional set of lockdown guidelines, only 10 people will be allowed to attend funerals and for weddings, the maximum number is 20 people.

Elders above 65 years should not come out if there is no medical emergency. Children should also not allowed outside. No religious congregations nor political meetings will be allowed.

Amid the lockdown, construction works will be allowed, stamps and registration department will work and the public can purchase and sell lands in the state but will need to maintain social distancing.

According to the latest health bulletin, Telangana reported 11 new caseson Tuesday. There are 1,096 Covid-19 positive cases in the state of which 628 have been discharged after recovery. This means there are 441 active cases in Telangana presently. 

According to the data provided by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, India's COVID-19 tally reached 49,391on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, with an increase of 126 deaths in the last 24 hours, the number of deaths in the country due to COVID-19 has risen to 1,694.

The total number of active cases in the country is 33,514. Meanwhile 14,182persons have been cured/discharged/migrated.


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