Telangana to be Covid-free State in a few days, says KCR


From Our Bureau

27th April 2020

Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao termed the decrease in spread of Corona virus in the State as an auspicious sign and opined that there were clear indications that Telangana State would become Corona free State in a few days to come.

The CM declared that by 28th April, 21 districts in the State would turn into districts without even one Corona positive case. He said it was a good development that 97 per cent of the Corona patients are getting discharged after recovery. He pointed out that since there is decrease in Corona virus spread and its impact, there would be gradually reduction of the Containment Centres in the State.

He also said that the link between those who went to Markaz and those came in contact with them was established and tests are being conducted on them. There was no need for people to worry about anything. For the past few days, if the trend in the State is observed, the virus spread has been on the decline. He said that the Medical and health department was ready to identify the positive cases if they come up in the days to come and take the necessary follow-up action.

The CM held a high-level review meeting at Pragathi Bhavan here on Monday after his videoconference with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.      He held an in-depth and a lengthy review on the spread of Corona virus in the State, treatment given to the patients, services, implementation of lockdown and other issues. Medical officials told the CM that there was a steep decline in the people affected with the Corona virus in the State for the past few days. On Monday, when the tests were conducted on 159 people, only two turned out to be positive. 16 people were discharged on Monday.

Speaking on the occasion, the CM said that the virus spread could be successfully contained in the state due to strict implementation of lockdown. He said the virus spread initially for many areas from those who came from abroad and later from those who went for the Markaz congregation. However, it was due to the police and medical department officials that the links of those who came and contacted others was established, tests conducted and treatment given which helped in getting the good results.

By Monday, there are 1,003 who tested positive for the virus in the State. Of this 322 were discharged after recovery. As on date, there are 646 cases in the State. In ten districts (Mulugu, Bhadradri-Kothagudem, Narayanpet, Warangal Rural, Wanaparthy, Nagar Kurnool, Mahabubabad, Siddipet, Yadadri-Bhongir and Mancherial) there is not even a single positive case.

Another 11 districts (Jagtial, Jangaon, Peddapally, Sangareddy, Jayashankar- Bhoopalpally, Kamareddy, Mahboobnagar, Medak, Rajanna-Sircilla, Karimnagar, and Nalgonda) by Tuesday (28 April) would become districts without a single positive case.

More number of cases are registered in Hyderabad, Suryapet, Gadwal and Vikarabad districts. In other districts, positive cases are less in number. The GHMC has 30 Circles and there is not even a single positive case in many circles. Certain Circles have no active cases. Virus is confined to a few Circles. With this, several containment centres are becoming free. The government is reducing the containment centres where the cases are on decrease.

“Among those affected with virus in the state, a large majority of their quarantine time ends by May 8. The virus spread is on steep decrease for the past several days. Confidence is growing that in a very few days, there will not be a single positive case in the State. Even after this, if a case or two is detected, there will be no difficulty in getting those cases treated,” the CM said.

“The government is working with a perfect strategy to contain the virus. Medical and health department and the police are putting in a lot of hard work to identify those affected with the virus. Initially, it is known that the virus spread with those arrived from abroad. Later, it was realised that the virus spread with those who attended the Markaz congregation. We have identified and tested those who came from abroad and those who participated in Markaz congregation,” he added.

“We have identified positive cases among them and put them in the hospitals and treated them. We have identified those who came in contact with the positive patients and are conducting tests. In the tests conducted on Monday, two positive cases emerged. We have put them in hospitals and are also finding whom all they met. We will conduct tests on those contacts. If anyone tests positive among them, we will establish the link and conduct tests on all those in the link. We are testing daily about hundreds of persons with symptoms despite them not having any link to Markaz,” the CM said.

“The government will not be complacent as there is decrease in positive cases. We are alert all the time. The Medical and health department is ready to face any eventuality or eruption of cases. Testing kits, PPE Kits, N95 Masks, tablets, instruments, and beds all are ready. We are prepared to give treatment to any number of cases,” he declared.

“The lockdown in the State will continue till May 7 as announced earlier. People should cooperate with the guidelines. Please do not come out unless it is very urgent and necessary. People from all the faiths should offer their prayers and celebrate their festivals at home. We will reduce containment zones where there is decrease in positive case and where there are no active cases. But people and officials in containment areas should be on high alert,” the CM urged. (eom)

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