HYDERABAD, Telangana: Ahead of Muslim’s largest festival Eid-ul-Fitr, people thronged markets for pre-festival shopping near Hyderabad’s Charminar area and flouted norms of social distancing. People were seen shopping without wearing masks and not maintaining social distancing. In view of the surge in Covid-19 cases in the state, Telangana has imposed a 10-day statewide lockdown from Wednesday.
“The State cabinet has decided to impose lockdown in the State from 10 am on May 12 (Wednesday) for ten days. However, there would be relaxation for all the activities from 6 AM to 10 AM daily. The Cabinet also decided to invite Global tenders for the procurement of the vaccine”, informed a release by Telangana CMO.
The state cabinet chaired by chief minister K Chandrashekhar Rao made the call after going over the issue of lockdown imposition and other issues. Ultimately, the Cabinet decided to impose a statewide lockdown for 10 days from 10 am on Wednesday, May 12.
The cabinet will once again reconvene on May 20 to review the matter of extending the lockdown and take further decision. Apart from Telangana, many other states have imposed curfew in the wake of COVID-19 and due to which the streets wear a deserted look in many parts of the country.
After recording more than 4-lakh COVID cases for four consecutive days till Sunday, India reported more than 3,62,000 new infections in the last 24 hours. As per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare the country recorded 3,62,727 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday morning. A significant increase of nearly 12,000 cases was seen from the previous day high of 3,48,421 infections on May 12.
These new COVID-19 cases have pushed the country’s total tally to 2,37,03,665 in the country as of May 13.
(With ANI inputs)