Hyderabad should be placed under lockdown once again to slow the spread of coronavirus, a team of medical experts have recommended and a decision will be taken in three to four days, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao said on Sunday. The Chief Minister, popularly known as KCR, said there was no need for panic about the rising number of COVID-19 cases and all arrangements are in place to offer treatment to the poor.
Hyderabad has reported a spurt in coronavirus cases, crossing the 10,000 mark, as the government relaxed some of curbs introduced in March as part of a nationwide COVID-19 lockdown. On Saturday, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for 888 of the 1,087 new cases reported in Telangana.
“Compared to the national average, the death rate in Telangana state is less. There is no need for fear. Necessary treatment is given to 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 hospitals. Asymptomatic patients are given treatment at their homes,” Mr Rajender said.
Telangana on Saturday reported a single-day high of 1,087 new COVID-19 cases, taking the overall tally of infections in the state to 13,436. Six deaths were reported, taking the count to 243, according to a state government bulletin.