In order to contain the spread of coronavirus,Telangana government on Sunday extended lockdown in the identified containment zones till 30 June. Also, the lockdown in non-containment zones has been extended up to 7 June.
However, the state lifted restrictions on inter-state movement of people. All shops, except emergency services, are to close by 8 pm.
Taking a cue from Centre's lockdown guidelines, the state also revised night curfew timings to 9 pm-5 am. Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao announced the extension of lockdown after holding discussions with Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar, DGP Mahender Reddy and other senior officials in the backdrop of the Centre issuing new guidelines on the Covid-19 lockdown.
The announcement came on a day when heavy rain lashed Hyderabad and nearby areas as well as several other districts of Telangana on Sunday, inundating roads and low-lying areas and throwing traffic out of gear in the city.
Strong gales that accompanied rain uprooted trees at a few places.
South Hastinapur on the city outskirts received maximum rainfall of 61 mm. Several parts of the city received 20 to 50 mm rainfall.
Traffic went haywire in busy areas like Banjara Hills, Madan Tank, Mehdipatnam, Toli Chowki, Madhapur, Panjagutta, Ameerpet, Begumpet, Abids, Koti, Secunderabad, Uppal and LB Nagar as rain continued for two hours.
As many as 74 new coronavirus cases have been reported in Telangana in the past 24 hours, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare update on Sunday morning. The total number of Covid-19 cases in the state has increased to 2,499. The death toll has climbed to 77. At least 1,412 people have recovered from the disease in Telangana.
The state has witnessed spike in Covid-19 cases following the beginning of fourth phase of the lockdown on 18 May.
Officials admitted that the movement of people following the easing of lockdown norms led to an increase in number of cases.