CM for tough measures to prevent spread of Coronavirus

Hyderabad: Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao chairs a high-level committee meeting on COVID-19 (Coronavirus) at the state assembly complex, in Hyderabad on March 14, 2020. Telangana reported second coronavirus positive case on Saturday while two more are suspected to be affected by the virus. (Photo: IANS)

Hyderabad, March 19 (INN): Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao has urged the people to cooperate and take all precautions to prevent the spread of Coronavirus in Telangana State.

Addressing a press conference after the high level emergency review meeting at Pragathi Bhavan on Thursday, the Chief Minister announced that the number of Coronavirus cases in Telangana has increased to 14. Of them, he said only five persons had arrived at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport while nine others entered the State through road. He said all District Collectors and Superintendants of Police have been directed to identify all persons in their jurisdiction who came to Telangana since 1st March. He also appealed to such persons to voluntarily approach the district administration so that necessary tests could be conducted.

The Chief Minister said there would be complete ban on mass gatherings and this year there would no meetings for Ugadi, Sriram Navmi and Shab-e-Meraj. He appealed to all religious leaders to prevent gathering of people in temples, mosques, churches and other places of worship. He said there was no effect of Coronavirus in Vietnam as it implemented tough measures while Italy and Iran were worst effected as they permitted religious gatherings. He said Telangana share its border with Karnataka, Maharashtra, Chattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh and 18 check posts have been set up to check the vehicles coming from other States. He said measures would be taken for sanitisation of villages, urban areas, public transport vehicles, etc.,

He said all cinema halls, function halls, bars, pubs, clubs, amusement parks, swimming pools, gyms, indoor and outdoor stadiums, zoo park and museums will remain closed till March 31. He said no permissions would be given for public meetings, seminars, workshops, festivals, rallies, exhibitions, trade fairs or cultural events. He said all educational institutions, coaching centres and summer camps will also remain closed.

However, the Chief Minister said that the SSC exams would continue as per schedule. A committee comprising of District Collector, SP/Commissioner and DMHO would be formed to monitor the situation.

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