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Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao has called for a cabinet meeting on Wednesday where he would take a decision on imposing lockdown in the capital city Hyderabad.
The spike in total number of coronavirus cases in Telangana continue to take the state on a toll as the number of cases in the state rose to 16,399. Of this, 75% of the cases emerge solely from Hyderabad. The death toll in the city as of Wednesday is 260. Hyderabad alone reported 869 cases on Tuesday.
Alarmed by the spike in cases across Telangana, Chief Minister has summoned the ministers for a cabinet meeting on Wednesday. A decision on lockdown in Hyderabad and other preventive measures of COVIS-19 are likely to be discussed at the meeting.
Amid the rise in infections, the Telangana government has also cancelled competitive entrance exams which include EAMCET, ECET, PGCET, ICET and LAWCET which were scheduled to be held in July. The government said that new dates would be announced later.
GHMC area has been witnessing more number of COVID-19 cases these days. Till June 15, the state has reported about 5000 cases but this soared to 15,394 by June 29. Since June 24, the number of tests conducted was increased by 4000 but the number was reduced to 2,648 on June 29 to reduce the panic in the citizens of the state.
The health minister of the state, Rajender has said that COVID-19 tests would be conducted only to the highly vulnerable group who are required immediate medication and treatment. Asymptomatic patients are advised to exercise self-quarantine at home itself.
By Gayatri Yellayi