The Telangana High Court on Wednesday issued a slew of directions to the State Government, the Police department and the Public Health and Family Welfare department, to break the chain and control the surge in Covid-19 cases.
A Division Bench comprising of Chief Justice Hima Kohli and Justice B. Vijaysen Reddy pulled up the State over dwindling number of RT-PCR Testing and asked the authorities to conduct at least 1 lakh tests, daily. Telangana confirmed 6,361 additional coronavirus cases during the day taking the total infection count to more than 4.69 lakh, while the toll stood at 2,527 as 51 people succumbed to the disease.
The high court expressed discontent at the rapid rise in cases and said more facilities and services need to be in place to deal with the surge.
Even though the Telangana High Court has asked the state government to consider imposing a weekend lockdown in the state as the number of COVID-19 cases was going up, the government is of the view that there is no need for a lockdown since the pandemic is under control.
Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar said there is no need of a lockdown as the situation was under control and more measures are being undertaken across districts. Director, Health Department, Dr Srinivas Rao, and GP Mahender Reddy were also present during Wednesday’s hearing and informed the court about steps being taken to contain the pandemic.