The state government is likely to reimpose total lockdown in GHMC limits in the first week of July. However, there are no plans to reimpose lockdown in other districts of the state.
The State Cabinet is expected to meet on July 2 or 3 to discuss the issue and take a decision on reimposition of the lockdown in GHMC limits. There are indications that the lockdown may stretch for a fortnight, and possibly begin from July 5 or 6 onward.
Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao had given enough hints on Sunday about the reimposition of lockdown in GHMC limits by saying that his government will take a decision in the next three to four days.
Earlier, health department officials had submitted a report to the government seeking imposition of lockdown for 15 days since there has been a steep increase in corona positive cases in GHMC limits since June 1 after the earlier lockdown curbs were relaxed.
GHMC limits have been reporting over an average of 800 new corona cases per day creating panic among people and the government.
While Telangana State had so far reported over 14,000 corona cases, the GHMC limits alone account for about 12,000 cases reflecting the alarming situation.
For this reason, the government wants to reimpose lockdown only in GHMC limits and is averse to troubling people living in other districts of the state.
The government wants to declare lockdown two or three days in advance so that people can make necessary arrangements like procuring essentials to last for a fortnight.
KCR had on Sunday stated, “Several issues should be taken into consideration if we decide to reimpose lockdown in GHMC limits. If lockdown is implemented, it should be implemented strictly and totally. There should be a day long curfew with one or two hour relaxation to buy essentials. Flight and train services to city have to be stopped. All arrangements should be made from the
government side. Hence, the government will examine all the issues in dept and would take the necessary decision.”
Several states and cities in the country have been extending the lockdown till July 31 in the wake of increasing corona cases. This has built pressure on
Telangana government to think on the same lines.
Neighbouring Maharashtra, southern states Tamil Nadu and Karnataka already announced reimposition of lockdown either totally or partially.
Unlock 1.0 will end on June 30 and Unlock 2.0 should begin from July 1. But with Unlock 1.0 resulting in steep increase in corona cases in most of the states, the respective state government are opting for Lockdown 6.0 instead of Unlock 2.0.