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Coronavirus: KCR rules out lockdown in Telangana, says it cripples public life, economy

KCR cited previous experiences as well as the impact of the lockdown in different states which did not yield any fruitful results in reducing the Covid-19 surge before arriving at the decision against imposing lockdown in the State.

Coronavirus KCR rules out lockdown in Telangana, says it cripples public life, economy-dnm
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Hyderabad, First Published May 7, 2021, 10:22 AM IST
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Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao (KCR) on Thursday clarified that lockdown would not be imposed in the state as it would bring life to a standstill and lead to the total collapse of the financial system.

KCR cited previous experiences as well as the impact of the lockdown in different states which did not yield any fruitful results in reducing the Covid-19 surge before arriving at the decision against imposing lockdown in the State.

"There is no use of imposing lockdown. 25 to 30 Lakh workers from other states are working here. We have seen how their lives were adversely impacted by the lockdown during the first wave," he said.

He also said Telangana is the most happening state, about 25 to 30 lakh migrant labourers are earning their livelihood in the state and their lives were ruined during the first spell of lockdown in 2020. “If these people (workers) are dislocated once again it will be a huge loss to the state as Telangana needs a huge number of workers during the harvesting season.”

“What will happen to farmers (if they don’t get labourers)? the government itself would be creating havoc,” an official release quoted Rao as saying. However, the state government will take preventive measures such as setting up micro-level containment zones wherever the number of cases are high, it noted.

The review follows resumption of duties by the CM who had tested Covid positive on April 19 and had been in isolation at his farm house in Yerravelli in Medak district till he tested negative. The CM returned to Pragati Bhavan on Thursday evening and convened a meeting of senior officials to review the Covid situation.

In the process, he spoke to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ensure adequate supply of oxygen and Remdesivir doses to the State. He told the PM that the oxygen supplies assured from Sriperambadur in Tamil Nadu and Bellari in Karnatakia were not reaching the State in time.

Rao explained that since people from Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka were coming to Hyderabad for treatment, the burden on the city's healthcare infrastructure had increased.

NOTE: Asianet News humbly requests everyone to wear masks, sanitize, maintain social distancing and get vaccinated as soon as eligible. Together we can and will break the chain #ANCares #IndiaFightsCorona 

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