Telangana Chief Minister to chair a meeting on April 11 to mull lockdown extension

Telangana Chief Minister to chair a meeting on April 11 to mull lockdown extension
  • Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekar Rao said lockdown is the only weapon India has against Coronavirus.
  • He called for the extension of lockdown by two weeks after April 14, when the 21-day nationwide lockdown is scheduled to end.
  • Rao also referred to a report by the Boston Consulting Group, which recommended the extension of lockdown till June 3.
The Telangana Cabinet will meet here on Saturday afternoon to likely decide on extending the nationwide lockdown in the state beyond April 14.

The meeting presided over by Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao will be held at 3 pm at Pragati Bhavan, Rao's official residence.

It will discuss at length the situation arising out of the spread of coronavirus.

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The Cabinet may also discuss the need to extend the lockdown, the Chief Minister's Office said.

The meeting is also likely to discuss the state's economic situation, future course of action, assistance given to the poor in the state and others who have migrated to Telangana, procurement of agricultural produce, crop losses due to hailstorm, and other issues.

Earlier this week, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao suggested that the lockdown should extended by two weeks at a press conference.

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According to Rao’s office, the suggestion is to extend the lockdown for two more weeks after April 14, when the current 21-day lockdown is scheduled to end.

Earlier, it was reported that the Telangana lockdown had been extended till June 3. However, the Telangana CM's office clarified that the CM had only referred to a report by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), which recommended the extension of lockdown till June 3.

"Lockdown must be continued. I said the same to Prime Minister Modi. If we unlock the lockdown now, we cannot control the situation," the Telangana CM was quoted as saying.

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Total confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Telangana spike to 484

The state reported 18 COVID-19 positive cases on Friday, taking the state's tally of positive cases to 484. Of this 35 have recovered and discharged from hospitals and 7 have died.

The minister said at least 60 patients were likely to be discharged on Friday. He hoped the number of cases would come down as those admitted 14 days ago were undergoing tests again.

Rajender hoped that by April 22 all those under treatment would recover and be discharged from hospitals.
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He said out of total positive cases, 385 were those who attended Tablighi Jamaat meeting in Delhi last month. "Had there been no Markaz cases, by now Telangana would have been free from coronavirus," he said.

He claimed that the number of cases was coming down as evident from the fact that during the last 24 hours, only 18 were found positive out of 665 samples tested.

Over 1,000 people from Telangana attended the Tablighi Jamaat event

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Over 1,000 from Telangana attended Tablighi Jamaat event in Delhi and barring 160 all of them were traced, State Health Minister Eatala Rajender said on April 1.

The minister said around 750 participants in the meeting were traced and sent for screening at the Gandhi Hospital in Hyderabad.

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Over 25,000 Tablighi Jamaat attendees quarantined after 1,445 test positive from congregation

Many Tablighi Jamaat returnees from south continue to test postive for COVID-19

Andhra Pradesh Coronavirus cases rise to 252, 1 dead and 5 recovered
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