Hyderabad: Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao on Tuesday announced extension of lockdown in the state till May 29 but with relaxations in rural and municipal areas.

Rao, who was speaking on Tuesday night after a marathon meeting of the state Cabinet, said majority opinion in the state is in favour of extending the lockdown.

"We are extending lockdown in our state till 29th May. We will definitely implement it seriously. Night curfew will be there in the entire state. At any cost. There will be serious curfew after 7 pm," he told reporters.

Rao said 1,096 people have tested positive for the virus as on Tuesday evening. He said 628 people have been discharged after treatment. As many as 439 people are undergoing treatment, he said.

The death toll stood at 29. 

Telangana is flattening the curve and it should be brought to zero, he said.

Out of the 33 districts in the state, Hyderabad, Medchal and Ranga Reddy districts (which largely form the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation area) are the cause of concern with regard to the spread of the virus, he said.

Rao said 66% of the total cases in the state are reported from the three districts.

Six districts in the state are in the red zone but the other three districts (except Hyderabad, Medchal and Ranga Reddy) may move out of the red zone in the next few days, he stated.

Fresh cases are also being reported from the Hyderabad, Medchal and Ranga Reddy districts, he said.

The state government is fully equipped to deal with the virus having acquired PPE and other equipment, he added. 

The state government would implement the guidelines issued by the Centre with regard to activity in red, orange and green zones, he said.

Though the Centre allowed opening of shops in red zones, the state government would not allow opening of shops in red zones, he said.

Shops related to construction activity and shops selling essential commodities would remain open, he said. Agriculture activity and related shops would remain open, he added.

Rao said he will hold a review meeting on May 15.

He announced the opening of liquor shops in the state from Wednesday, except 15 shops in containment zones. However, social distancing and masks are a must, he said.

With PTI Inputs