Telangana HC Slams State Government Over Actions Taken To Curb COVID-19 Spread

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The Telangana High Court (HC) on the 23rd of April, reviewed the Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19 situation in the State. 

The court hearing was conducted over a number of petitions filed against the low COVID-19 testing in Telangana. While reviewing the situation, the HC expressed disappointment with the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) over the steps taken to curb the spread of the virus. Despite the second wave of COVID-19 in Telangana, the State Government is not conducting tests in huge numbers.

In the court hearing, the State Government said, they are conducting 30,000 to 40,000 tests per day instead of 60,000 to 70,000. The Telangana High Court said, the State should have conducted 8 lakh COVID-19 tests in April, but conducted only 3.47 lakh RT PCR tests of COVID-19. The court asked the State Government, why it did not perform the requisite number of the tests. It also asked why the State Government is admitting the patients without the RT- PCR tests.

Speaking about specific regions, the Telangana HC asked the TRS Government to increase the number of tests in Yadadri Bhongir, Nirmal, Jagtial, Kamareddy and Medchal Malkajgiri districts as these districts are witnessing massive number of cases.

Other directions of HC to the State Government for containment of COVID-19:

The HC also directed to set up rehabilitation centers for all the migrant workers of the State.

Making it clear that the imposition of night curfew is not enough, it asked the State Government to ensure that there was no movement of people in public places.

The HC asked the State Government to put restrictions on the organization of election meetings and rallies in the state.

Later during the court proceedings, the State Government briefed about the arrangements for COVID-19 patients in the State. The state Government said, as of now they are prepared with 1,350 ambulances of toll free number 108, and 450 ambulances for needy people after receiving phone calls from them.

Responding to this, the HC asked the State Government to promote the toll free numbers of 108 and 104 across the State. It also asked the Government to display boards with toll free numbers for ambulances at Government and private hospitals and diagnostics centers in Telangana.

Meanwhile, with 6,206 new COVID-19 cases, Telangana reported more than 55,000 active cases.

The cumulative total of COVID-19 cases in Telangana surged to 3.73 lakhs. The recovery rate of COVID-19 in Telangana also dropped to 85 % from the previous 90 %.

Stay tuned for further updates.

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