K. Chandrashekar Rao, the Chief Minister of Telangana, on the 19th of March, conducted an emergency meeting regarding the Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19.
During the meeting, Mr. KCR discussed several measures taken to prevent the spread of the virus. Mr. Rao appealed to people coming to Hyderabad with a travel history from abroad after the 1st of March, to voluntarily visit concerned authorities for their screening for COVID-19.
K. Chandrashekar Rao said, “I also appeal to them to go in for self isolation in their homes for 14 days to check the spread of coronavirus.” In addition, Mr. Rao asked the citizens not to visit temples, mosques, churches and gurudwaras during the shutdown.
The updates of the high level emergency meeting were given to the citizens through a press conference. Mr. Rao addressed the media and said, “Starting from Friday, village officials will enquire into the presence of people who returned after March 1.” He also extended the dates of the shutdown of cinema halls, gyms, bars, clubs from the 21st till the 31st of March .
The K. Chandrashekhar Rao led Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) Government, also instructed the state officials to cancel all celebrations and festivals including Ugadi Panchanga Sravanam, Rama Navami and Shab e Miraj.
Mr. Rao also said, “Every vehicle that enters the State will be checked and if the officials come across any person returning from foreign travel, the person will be asked to self quarantine if they don’t show symptoms. In case they have symptoms, they will be taken to the designated hospital for check up.”
Speaking about the train services, the Telangana CM asked the South Central Railway officials to take the necessary steps and sanitize the trains for safe travel.
When asked about postponing the SSC Board exams, KCR said the exams would be conducted as per the given schedule. Postponing exams would be difficult as 5 lakh students are appearing for the exams.
Meanwhile, on the 19th of March, Telangana reported 3 more positive cases of COVID -19. With these developments, the State has 16 Coronavirus positive cases.
Stay tuned for further updates about COVID-19.