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Telangana extends lockdown till May 30

Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Tuesday decided to extend the lockdown in the state up to May 30. 

Medics prepare before collecting samples for swab tests from a Covid-19 mobile testing van, during the nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus, at Ramakrishna Mission area in New Delhi. (PTI Photo/Manvender Vashist)
Medics prepare before collecting samples for swab tests from a Covid-19 mobile testing van, during the nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus, at Ramakrishna Mission area in New Delhi. (Source: PTI Photo/Manvender Vashist)

Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Tuesday (May 18) decided to extend the lockdown in the state up to May 30.

All activities are allowed between 6 am to 10 am every day. The CM spoke with the Ministers over the phone and elicited their opinion. After receiving the opinion of the Cabinet Ministers, the CM has decided to extend the lockdown till May 30.

The CM instructed Chief Secretary Sri Somesh Kumar to issue GO on the extension of the lockdown as the Ministers are busy monitoring the corona curtailment measures and medical services at the field level. The CM has canceled the State Cabinet meeting, which was scheduled for May 20.

Meanwhile after recording more than 4-lakh COVID cases for four consecutive day till May 9, India reported more than 2,63,000 new infections in the last 24 hours. As per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare the country recorded 2,63,533 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday morning. A significant decrease of nearly 20,000 cases was seen from a previous day high of 2,81,386 infections on May 17. 

These new COVID-19 cases has pushed the country’s total tally to 2,52,28,996 in the country as on May 18. As per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, more than 4,300 deaths were reported in India. As per the ministry, as many as 4,329 mortalities were reported, an increase from previous day in the last 24 hours. On Monday, 4,106 deaths due to the novel coronavirus was reported. With more than 4,300 deaths the total death tally in the country rose to 2,78,719 lives lost to date.

The spike in new cases crossed the 4-lakh mark in the country on April 30. The cases have been rising since mid-April and had crossed the 3 Lakh mark within a week. The new infections have been staying above 200,000-mark since April 15. The new cases have been increasing at an alarming pace since the country broke the one lakh case barrier on April 4 when it reported 1,03,558 new COVID-19 cases.

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