Physical distancing only way to contain Covid

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With wearing of masks being made mandatory, a roadside vendor selling them in Hyderabad on Wednesday. —Photos: Surya Sridhar

Hyderabad: The easing of travel restrictions for migrants and individuals stranded across the country during the nationwide lockdown in the early part of May has resulted in cases of SARS-CoV-2 continuing to get reported at a steady pace in Telangana. The recent changes introduced in restrictions during the fourth phase of lockdown in Hyderabad and across the State leading to opening of businesses and offices have the possibility of adding to the Covid-19 case load in the State, in the coming days.

In this background, the Health Minister, Eatala Rajender and other senior health officials have urged general public to remain highly vigilant and take it upon themselves to ensure that all the non-pharmaceutical interventions are followed meticulously.

“The State government under Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao’s guidance is doing its utmost to contain the Covid-19 pandemic. However, we will only succeed in flattening the curve when we get cooperation from the community. Individuals must strive to follow all the guidelines that we have issued to break the transmission chain of coronavirus,” Rajender urged general public on Tuesday.

By the middle of this month, estimates suggest that close to 45,000 persons, including migrants and people stranded in other States and foreign countries have returned to the Telangana by roads, trains and planes.

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Hyderabad Lock Down at Balanagar.

“Large number of migrants are entering the State from across the country. While all measures are being taken to track symptomatic and asymptomatic persons, general public are also requested to inform local authorities in case they identify new migrants who arrived recently in their villages and towns,” says Director of Public Health and Family Welfare, Dr G Srinivas Rao.

After the initial rise in case of Covid-19 in March and April, the State witnessed a dip the Covid-19 positive cases between April 22 and May 8. Since May 9, the SARS-CoV-2 cases have continued to steadily climb, especially in Hyderabad. “Community as a whole must realise that the only way to check further spread of Covid-19 is by following the government advisory,” health officials said.

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