Lock-down or No lock-down? This is the question that had become a hot discussion topic since a week in Hyderabad and Secunderabad areas. Bringing down the curtains on suspense, today Telangana CM KCR has announced in the Assembly session that the state government has no plans to impose lockdown in the near future.
He advised the public to wear masks, maintain social distancing and to follow guidelines laid out by the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
This comes under the backdrop of an alarming rise in COVID-19 cases in Telangana. Not only Telangana, several regions in India are currently seeing a worrisome rise in the number of new cases. Maharashtra (15,397 new cases) and Chattisgarh (1,384 new cases) were the most affected states yesterday in this new wave of infections, with Karnataka (1,321 new cases), MP (957 new cases) and Punjab (883 new cases) following them. Telangana has seen 311 new active cases yesterday, with 3,995 total active cases. But the figures seem to be rising sharply. 3 people in the state lost their life to the battle with COVID-19.
Vaccination drives in Telangana have not yet started in full swing, as even 2% of total population in the state has not been vaccinated with one dose yet. The state is currently ranked as the third worst in terms of pace of vaccination. Totally, more than 5.5 crore Indians have received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccination.