The three-year-old child who has travel history to Saudi Arabia, while the other person is a middle-aged lady who is a primary contact of another patient infected with the virus
Hyderabad: Two more positive cases of coronavirus were reported in Telangana on Wednesday, taking the tally to 41 in the state. One of them is a three-year-old child who has travel history to Saudi Arabia, while the other person is a middle-aged lady who is a primary contact of another patient infected with the virus. Both of them are stable and have been admitted in hospitals for treatment.
On Wednesday, as the state began streamlining governance in wake of the lockdown imposed to prevent the spread of Covid-19, the Hyderabad police began issuing passes for businesses and e-commerce companies involved in distribution of essential commodities like vegetables, diary products and other items. Hyderabad police commissioner Anjani Kumar held meetings with representatives of various organisations on that front.
“Doctors (and other hospital employees) can show their ID cards issued by private or public hospitals (to move around). Representatives of all verticals had come to us, so we are giving passes which must be respected and not misused. Those involved in the distribution of newspapers early in the morning (in spite of curfew hours imposed until 6 a.m.) will also be allowed to move around," Kumar said at a press conference on Wednesday.
Prior to this on Tuesday, two others had tested positive for the Covid-19 virus following which, as a precautionary measure, the state government began the process of containment in residential areas of the district. A three-kilometre radius as a containment zone and a buffer zone of seven kilometres to contain the virus from spreading.
Telangana had gone under lockdown from the evening of 22 March itself, after the ‘Janta Curfew’ was observed. The police has also imposed a curfew from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. across the state as a measure to prevent people from moving around without cause. Citizens are, however, allowed to come out and purchase essentials. While Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a nationwide lockdown on Tuesday night, Hyderabad and the state began observing law and order issues from Monday itself due to the lockdown in the state.
People from the evening of 22 March began queening up at super markets and local kirana stores in Hyderabad and other places. On Wednesday, many residents went out of their homes to purchase essential items (for which movement is allowed in a radius of three kilometres from one’s place). Vegetable and fruit vendors in the city also have been asked to vacate their spots by 6 p.m. in the evening.
In fact, Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao (KCR) on Tuesday evening also warned citizens that he will be forced to issue “shoot at sight" orders or call in the army if people don’t follow rules. An employee working at a supermarket outlet in Secunderabad said that they were rationing vegetables and other essentials to avoid people from hoarding. While some areas witnessed unprecedented crowds at some super markets, others were functioning normally, with some caution.
“People began purchasing stock of essential items from about a week ago itself, when the ‘Janta Curfew’ was announced. Now we only letting 20-25 customers enter at one go, and each person cannot buy more than two kilograms of vegetables at one go. As of now there is stock in our godowns, and the state government has also said that there will be sufficient stock. But processed food won’t last beyond 20 days at the rate people are buying items now," said Ramesh (name changed), who works at the counter of the supermarket outlet.
In Hyderabad alone, the city police booked over 6,000 cases against those who were commuting in violation of the lock down (only those with valid reasons can commute). The city police has also said that anyone who requires a pass or any help can write to firstname.lastname@example.org or Call/Whatsapp to 9490616780 for help.