HYDERABAD: After rumours flooded social media about complete lockdown being re-imposed In Hyderabad in view of increasing COVID-19 cases, the Telangana government on Saturday denied all the speculation in this regard. State chief secretary Somesh Kumar said that there was no truth in rumours of complete lockdown, and the government does not have any plan to impose full, tighter lockdown again.
The rumours over the complete shutdown in Hyderabad have gone viral after Animal Husbandary Minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav has said recently that the Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao would decide over it in two or three days during a television channel interview.
But, later the minister's office had clarified that the minister merely said that CM KCR would take a decision on further anti-COVD-19 measures that need to be taken in the state in view of rising coronavirus cases and it was not a reference to imposing of lockdown again.
Talasani's office further asked people not to trust any news over re-imposition of lockdown again in the state. If there is any such possibility, the state government will make an official statement over that, it said.
India has enforced four phases of lockdown from March 25 to May 31. The country has started to unlock all the activities in different phases and unlock phase 1 started from June 1 even as the lockdown was further extended in containment zones till June 30.
On Saturday, Telangana reported the highest single-day spike with 253 new COVID-19 cases. With this, the total number of cases in the state rose to 4,737. Eight patients died due to COVID-19, taking the death toll to 182.