Telangana Govt Tightens Rules Over Covid-19 Spread

Meanwhile The Division bench comprising Chief Justice Hima Kohli and Justice B. Vijaysen Reddy referred to the court's earlier advisories to the Government and reiterated that the number of participants in marriages should be no more than 50 and at funerals 20.

Hyderabad, April 20: Telangana on Monday had the largest single day rise in COVID-19 cases and fatalities with the State reporting 5,926 new cases and 18 deaths.

Meanwhile The Division bench comprising Chief Justice Hima Kohli and Justice B. Vijaysen Reddy referred to the court’s earlier advisories to the Government and reiterated that the number of participants in marriages should be no more than 50 and at funerals 20.

The government only furnished a circular it had issued for imposing a fine against those who were not wearing masks and submitted that all other standard operating procedures issued by the Centre in November 2020 during Unlock-6 were being followed.

Advocate-General BS Prasad said the government was monitoring the situation by the minute. The bench grilled them for not furnishing the data and details it had asked for and sought to know the minute details of the steps that were taken to contain the second wave.

The court issued the following directions to the government:

  • Occupancy rate in cinema halls should be 50 per cent or even 1/3rd of the hall capacity depending on the situation.
  • Tabulated statement showing the number of tests conducted for the last one week through RT-PCR, RAT etc
  • Steps taken to monitor cases at airports,railway stations, inter-state bus terminals
  • A decision on putting a curb on the passengers coming from neighbouring states
  • A decision to be taken by the government to impose night curfew or partial lockdown during the weekends in the state and the districts
    where the cases are more.
  • Directions to be issued to the Kumbh Mela returnees to get themselves tested, quarantined etc.

The next status report should be filed within two days and PILs have been adjourned to April 23.

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