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“Get ready for second wave and possible lockdown”- KCR urges citizens to stay safe

As the deadly pandemic continued to spread its wings across the state, Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao confirmed the arrival of the second wave of coronavirus on Monday.

The Telangana CM requested the residents of the capital city to ensure all possible regulations and precautions so as to protect themselves from the dreaded times that lie ahead if the situation isn’t controlled through the guidelines issued.

With this, KCR sent a warning regarding the imposition of a second lockdown whenever time demands for it.

“As of now, the situation is under control,” he had told on Sunday.

In the meeting attended by Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar, Principal Health Secretary Murtaza Rizvi and other senior officials, Mr. Rao necessitated the importance of being on alert as other 7 states have been registering high number of cases, especially the national capital and Maharashtra. Telangana’s neighbouring states, Karnataka and Kerala are also witnessing a slight increase in the infection rates, which needs to act as a major factor in boosting the city’s preparations for fighting a possible second wave.

The Chief Minister, while concluding his press conference about the party’s manifesto announcement for the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation elections to be held on December 1st, told the citizens that if they do not want a lockdown, safety should be maintained by adopting the covid-19 precautionary measures.

He had directed officials to stay ready for the second wave on Sunday as the chances of a second wave hitting the state were quite high.

As and when a vaccine gets available in Telangana, the CM said that the healthcare workers would be administered with it first, prior to any other person.

At a review meeting on Sunday, he urged people to follow the precautions as “maintaining personal safety is the best medicine for covid-19”.

KCR said that as the other states including Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh are recording surges in the number of cases, Telangana needs to be on high alert for battling the second wave.

Hyderabad is set with 10,000 additional oxygen beds for any calamity and these can also be increased if required, the CM added.

He further requested people to follow all necessary measures to keep themselves safe even though an unlock phase is going on as a second lockdown could be imposed if things worsen.

The positivity rate is 2.1% even though testing has increased, KCR said, while adding that the recovery rate is 94.03%, which implies that though the infection is still prevalent, the mortality rate is quite low.

Telangana Rashtra Samithi’s president and the current chief minister made some concrete promises to the people of the state, while asking for their votes in the upcoming elections during which he also spoke about the second wave.

Their policies include free drinking water supply to households using less than 20,000 litres per month, free electricity to salons, men’s barber shops, laundry stores, financial assistance to small movies producing films with less than 10 crore investment, increase in ticket charges for theatres and some other forms to aid to the state businesses and households.