Take precautions, or else TS will end-up like Maharashtra, warns health official

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Dr G Srinivasa Rao, Director of Public Health, Telangana

Hyderabad: The ongoing surge of Coronavirus cases, being witnessed for the past four weeks, must be contained at any cost or else Telangana could end up like Maharashtra, Director of Public Health (DPH), Telangana, Dr G Srinivasa Rao, warned the general public on Wednesday.

“If we leave the situation to fester, there is a risk that Telangana will become another Maharashtra. If Covid cases continue to rise like this, then the State Government’s attempts to add more hospital beds will not be enough. People of Telangana must rise to the occasion and adopt all preventive measures at any cost,” the DPH said.

The Covid surge could continue for at least six more weeks, he said. “The second Covid wave is severe. People must realise that the State government is not looking to impose a lockdown because it does not want to take-away the livelihood of poor families and also impact on the State’s finances. To avoid such situations, the general public must ensure that they follow all the Covid guidelines,” he said.

Dr Rao also warned that the present variant of SARS-CoV-2 is spreading at a very fast pace. “If one member of a family is infected, then within hours or just a day, the entire family becomes infected. In close settings, the virus is spreading very fast. It’s almost like the coronavirus is spreading through air,”he warned.

“Due to its fast spreading nature, I also urge the general public to continue to wear masks even inside their homes. If a family member ventures out and returns, then there could be a chance of infection to elders and children. Hence, I request the public, especially those who travel frequently, to continue to wear masks in their houses,” he said.

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