GHMC on Alert Due to Rise in Covid Cases

Hyderabad: Given the sharp rise in coronavirus cases in the city after the lockdown was relaxed has put the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) on high alert. The municipal corporation is focusing on early detection of the cases by intensifying its surveillance on tracking persons with symptoms, conducting health checks and other containment measures.

GHMC Commissioner DS Lokesh Kumar on Saturday appealed to the citizens to strictly follow the prescribed guidelines to protect themselves and their families. Since May 16, when the lockdown was relaxed, there is a lot of mobility of people from all walks of life and of all age groups, resulting in slight increase in the number of cases, he said.

Many tend to ignore the guidelines and this could be risky. People should cooperate with officials in effective implementation of lockdown,” he said.

On its part, the municipal corporation is focusing on early detection of cases and persons with symptoms. Constant surveillance is on in the areas where positive cases are being reported or where persons with symptoms are being identified, he said.

ICMR and NIN start rapid survey

Meanwhile, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) in collaboration with the National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) on Saturday commenced a rapid survey in different areas in the city. The ICMR and NIN teams in coordination with State government are collecting samples and the exercise will be conducted on Sunday as well.

“The teams selected locations for collecting the samples and we extended them support by deploying officials to escort them to the areas and facilitating in collection of samples. The samples will be tested and a report will be submitted to the Central government which will in turn share the details with State government,” said Kumar.

Samples were collected from Miyapur, Tappachabutra, Adibatla, Chandangar and Balapur zones, according to officials.

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