Hyderabad, May 30 (NSS): Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) Treasurer Gudur Narayana Reddy has expressed serious concern over the sudden rise in the number of Coronavirus positive cases in the State.
Addressing a press conference at Gandhi Bhavan on Saturday, Narayana Reddy said that the highest ever 169 cases, including those of Migrant Workers and Deportees, were registered in Telangana State on Friday. This was the highest ever figure in Telangana ever since the outbreak of pandemic. “It is highly unfortunate that instead of taking note of sudden spurt in the number of Covid-19 cases, Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao is busy in inaugurations, Poojas and Yagnams,” he said.
Reddy said that either the Chief Minister was deliberately misleading the people or KCR himself was confused over Covid-19 situation in Telangana. Referring to a statement given by the Chief Minister on May 27, he said that the Chief Minister has claimed that the Coronavirus spread was not on an alarming scale. He said there were only 27 cases when Janata Curfew was observed on March 22 which eventually turned into a full-fledged lockdown. After 68 days, the cases have increased to 2,425 during the lockdown period. He said as many as 1409 cases were reported in the last one month while 664 cases were registered since one week (from May 22). He asked KCR to define the meaning of ‘alarming scale.’
He said that the actual numbers could be much higher if the State Government increases the testing percentage. The actual number could be at least 200-300% higher if private labs are permitted to conduct tests, he said, adding that the KCR Government was honouring the orders of the High Court in this regard.
The Congress leader demanded that the State Government immediately appoint an Epidemiologist who could assist the Chief Minister or Home Minister. He said that the IAS or IPS officers lack the expertise to deal with a pandemic. Therefore, he said an Epidemiologist should be hired along with a team of experts which should advise the government on a daily basis. Stating that Telangana does not even have 1,000 ventilators as on today, he asked the government to upgrade the entire health infrastructure, including trained health professionals, to tackle any eventuality. He said lessons should be learnt from countries like the USA, Spain, France, etc., who could not handle sudden spurt in Covid-19 cases which resulted in deaths of thousands of people.