Telangana will be lockdown for ten days beginning May 12
The Telangana cabinet agreed on Tuesday to enact a state-wide lockdown beginning May 12 (Wednesday) for ten days in order to curb the spread of Covid-19.
All operations will be relaxed from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. everyday, according to a short statement from the Chief Minister’s Office.
The decision was made at a Cabinet meeting presided over by Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao at his official residence, Pragati Bhavan.
The decision came only minutes after the cabinet meeting started at 2 p.m., when the Telangana High Court was scheduled to hear the case.
The high court had expressed dissatisfaction with the absence of adequate steps to control Covid distribution. Earlier in the day, it had chastised officials for failing to strictly observe the night curfew.
The court had asked the government if it would wait until Ramzan was over before announcing new Covid-control policies.
The state government, which had enforced a night curfew, had previously ruled out enforcing partial or absolute lockout, claiming that such a move would be ineffective in containing the flood. It also said that the situation in the state is fully under control, and that a downward trend in new Covid cases has begun.
Last week, the Chief Minister announced that such a decision would bring life to a halt and would result in the complete collapse of the economy.
However, as criticism mounted from different sources, the government eventually agreed to enforce the lockout.
Later in the day, a comprehensive Government Order on lockdown including recommendations is expected to be released.