Telangana prepared to treat any number of COVID-19 patients, says CM Chandrashekar Rao

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Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao on Wednesday announced that his government was ready to treat any number of people who are suffering from coronavirus.

 

He added that the state would adhere to the guidelines issued by the Central Government on the prevention of COVID-19 and thus would continue the lockdown till April 20.

"As per the guidelines issued by the Centre, lockdown in the state would continue till April 20. Later, based on the circumstances prevailing then, changes would be done. People should support the lockdown as they are doing now," the Chief Minister said.

The Telangana Chief Minister also held a high-level meeting with the officials at Pragathi Bhavan to discuss the procurement of the agricultural produce and assistance to be given to poor in the coming days.

Rao also assured the public that Telangana has enough Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits for healthcare workers who are treating coronavirus patients.

As per the official report, there were 553 patients undergoing treatment in different hospitals, of these eight were discharged on Wednesday and another 128 would be discharged on Thursday. There are 514 active COVID-19 cases in the state as of now.

The Central government has taken many stringent measures to prevent the further spread of the disease. 

Starting from March 24 midnight, India is under 21-day lockdown to curb the spread of novel coronavirus. Only the essential services like grocery shops, medical outlets remain functional during the lockdown.

The lockdown, effective March 25, is supposed to end on April 14. However, on Tuesday, in an address to the nation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the 21-day national lockdown has been extended till May 3.

Coronavirus, which originated in China's Wuhan city in December last year, has so far spread to more than 200 countries. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared coronavirus a pandemic. 

 

With inputs from ANI

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