Telangana HC Gives 2 Days Time To Govt To Decide On Curfew, Lockdown

The Hyderabad High Court on Monday evening ordered the Telangana government to decide within two days imposing curfews or lockdowns to contain rapidly rising Covid-19 cases across the state.

The court has directed the state government to announce with 48 hours restrictions on footfalls at bars, restaurants, pubs, cinema theatres, marriages, functions, and gatherings, political and religious rallies among others in public places.

The daily COVID-19 cases in Telangana breached the 5,000-mark on Sunday by registering 5,093 fresh infections, the highest ever so far, pushing the aggregate to over 3.51 lakh. The toll climbed to 1,824 with 15 more fatalities. The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 743, followed by Medchal Malkajgiri (488) and Rangareddy (407), a government bulletin said on Sunday providing details as of 8 PM on April 17.

The court asked the government for “ward-wise data” on positive cases in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation. It also asked for RT-PCR reports within 24 hours.

Taking note of excessive gatherings for marriages, functions and in public places, the court said the government must take action. The government has to come up with replies in the next hearing on Friday.

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