Warangal Urban: Stressing on the need to enforce social distancing to check the spread of the deadly coronavirus, Minister for Panchayat Raj and Rural Development Errabelli Dayakar Rao on Tuesday called upon the people to stay indoors and help the government combat Covid-19. He also made it clear that the support of the people was paramount in curbing the pandemic virus.
The Minister was speaking to the media after a review meeting on the measures being taken by the authorities to check the spread of the virus here.
Warangal Urban District Collector Rajiv Gandhi Hanumanthu, Rural District Collector M Haritha, GWMC commissioner Pamela Satpathy, medical officials and others attended the meeting. Dayakar Rao inquired with the officials about the availability of beds in the isolation wards, people’s response to the lock-down, treatment given to suspect cases at the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Hospital’s isolation ward, among other issues.
Stating that coronavirus was spreading like a wildfire in many countries, particularly in European nations besides the US, he observed that the virus was claiming thousands of lives in many countries due to negligence on the part of people as well as the local governments. “However, our nation and State took preventive measures early and have taken all the steps to protect the lives of the people by checking the spread of the virus,” he said. “Majority of the positive cases are people who came from abroad,” he added.
“People should stay indoors till the end of the lockdown period. By doing so, we can defeat the virus,” he said, and added that the government was giving 12 kg of rice to each person and Rs 1500 per family during the lockdown period. “Luckily there are no positive cases from erstwhile Warangal district,” he said.
He said the government had kept 15,000 beds ready for the people requiring quarantine. “Isolation centres have also been set up in Mahabubabad, Bhupalpally, Mulugu and Jangaon district headquarters,” he added. He also appealed to the people to contact the officials concerned if they had symptoms of Covid-19 and also inform the authorities about neighbours who have such symptoms.
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