Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Tuesday evening after a 7-hour cabinet meeting announced that the ongoing lockdown in the state will be extended till May 29. The lockdown in the state will carry forward ten days after it ends across the country with KCR saying, "People want the lockdown extended. I have informed the Prime Minister about our decision,". Addressing the situation, the Telangana CM said that the condition of GHMC, Ranga Reddy and Medchal districts at present is quite "worrisome" as they have high infection rates and added that the state has six districts in the red zone while 18 are in the orange zone and nine have been declared to be in the green zone.
Mr. Rao stated, "The Centre says shops can open even in the red zone. But, we are not opening any shops in Hyderabad, Medchal, Suryapet, Vikarabad,". Telangana was incidentally the first state in India to extend its lockdown till May 7 even before the Centre gave the nation the nod for a second lockdown extension. The state currently has 1,096 positive coronavirus cases with 439 currently under treatment and 628 people having been discharged.
As for the relaxations in the state during the lockdown period, agriculture and parts of the industrial sector have been given approval to be opened to an extent. Mr. Rao said, "No country in the world can feed us... We cannot afford to lose self-sufficiency in food security,". He also added that further relaxations in Telangana will come for a review on May 15.
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