New Delhi | Jagran News DeskTelangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Sunday declared a lockdown across five districts till March 31 in the state, under the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 as a precautionary measure against coronavirus pandemic. 

Lockdown will be imposed in Hyderabad, Sangareddy, Rangareddy, Kothagudem, and Bhadradri.

The decision came on a day when the country is observing a 14-hour shutdown. Backing Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Janata Curfew' call, Rao further extended it by 10 hours.

On Sunday, India's youngest state began 24-hour shutdown, adding 10-hour to the 'Janata curfew' called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to combat the spread of novel coronavirus.

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Normal life came to a standstill as buses of state-owned Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) went off the roads while trains came to a halt across the state as the 24-hour shutdown commenced at 6 am. Hyderabad Metro and Multi-Modal Transport System (MMTS) trains were also suspended, bringing public transport to a grinding halt.

Telangana has so far reported 22 COVID-19 positive cases, which includes 11 foreign nationals. 

The first secondary transmission came to light on March 21. The son of a man who had returned from Dubai while his father also tested positive on Saturday.

The state government has already taken several measures like stepping up surveillance on the people who came from abroad this month to ensure they spend 14 days in quarantine, ban on public congregations, closure of all educational institutions, function halls, swimming pools, gyms, amusement parks, zoos, museums, indoor and outdoor stadiums. 

Apart from Telangana, three districts-- Prakasam, Srikakulam, Vishakapatnam-- in Andhra Pardesh will also be locked down till March 31.

A total of 75 districts will remain suspended in India till March 31, the center announced on Sunday evening amid a spike in cases of coronavirus in the country.  

 

(with PTI inputs)

Posted By: James Kuanal