coronavirus update indiaas on : 20 September 2020 06:25 GMT+5:30
COVID-19: Telangana Extended Lockdown Till 7 May,Food Delivery Apps Not Allowed
Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao on Sunday announced that the lockdown in the state will be extended till May 7.
COVID-19: Telangana Extended Lockdown Till 7 May , Food Delivery App Not Allowed(File Image)
NEW DELHI: The Chief Minister of Telangana, K Chandrashekar Rao (KCR) on Sunday announced the extension of lockdown in the state till May 7.
The decision came after a six-hour-long cabinet meeting at the Pragathi Bhawan and in a press conference, KCR announced, "We are extending lockdown till May 7 in the state. It will only end on May 8."
Though the nation-wide lockdown has also been extended till May 3, the state decided to further extend it by four days. A cabinet meeting will be again held on May 5 to further decide the course of action.
He also added that a 'strict' lockdown will be imposed after studying the situation from all angles.
The Chief Minister also said that the food delivery companies Swiggy and Zomato will also be barred from functioning from 20 April onwards and also asked homeowners (also landlords) to put off collecting rents for March, April, and May and cope with the current hardships.
He has clearly clarified that there will be no relaxations on the ongoing curfew in the state from 7 pm to 6 am.
"No religious gatherings will be allowed in Telangana strictly. Temples, mosques and churches will take this responsibility. Mecca Masjid is leading by example by completely shutting down", he added and implied that Ramadan congregations will not be allowed in the state.
Further, keeping in view the huge hit at the livelihoods of lakhs of parents across the state, the state government has also ordered over 10,000 private educational institutes comprising over 30 lakh students not to hike tuition fees during 2020-21 academic year. The government has also directed the private educational institutes to collect tuition fees only on a monthly basis and not collect the entire year's fee at once, as many parents have lost their earnings and livelihood during the lockdown period.
So far the state has 292 containment zones which are situated in highly contagious areas. Amongst all of those, 151 are in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation area itself. Apart from that, there are 1,818 persons in quarantine in Telangana.
Though the state is expected an improvement in the situation by the first of May, it has registered 18 new COVID-19 cases as of yet, taking the new total to 858. Around 651 patients are undergoing treatment right now. The death toll in the state has also reached 21 and more than 180 people have been discharged.