New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Telangana has become the first state to extend the ongoing lockdown till May 29. The nationwide lockodown has been extended till May 17. 

Making the announcement, Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao said that he has informed Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the decision, adding that the matter of relaxations will be reviewed on May 15. 

He also said that that curfew will be imposed in state from 7 pm every day, adding that people should buy essential items by 6 pm.

"Public should complete purchase of essential items by 6 pm and they should reach their residences. There will be curfew in the state from 7 pm. If anyone is found outside, police will initiate action," he said.  

"No country in the world can feed us... We cannot afford to lose self-sufficiency in food security," the Chief Minister said, declaring that fertilizer, seed shops and establishments selling agricultural implements will remain open.

No shops will be allowed to open in Red Zone areas. Relaxations have already been announced in Green and Orange zones which include opening up agriculture and parts of industrial sector, along with hardware, electrical and steel shops.

Rao further announced that 2,200 liquor shops will open across the state, execpt 16 outlets which are located in containment zones. He further announced a hike of 16 per cent on liquor price, while the rates of cheap liquor will be increased by 11 per cent. 

Telangana had earlier extended the lockdown till May 7, when PM Modi had announced the same till May 4. Rao had then said that a decision would be taken after reviewing the situation on May 5. 

The move came amid the rising number of coronavirus cases in the state, which have crossed 1,000-mark including 29 deaths.  

Meanwhile, a record number of new cases on Tuesday pushed the nationwide COVID-19 tally closer to the 47,000-mark and the death toll neared 1,600, even as Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said "fighting coronavirus is no rocket science" and the nation may remember the pandemic as a "blessing in disguise" if people imbibe good hygiene practices.

Posted By: abhinav gupta