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Hyderabad Civic Body Declares Five Covid-19 Red Zones; Health Minister Defies Claim, Says It's a Rumour

Hundreds of IT professionals and students from Hyderabad were stopped from crossing the Telangana-Andhra Pradesh border on Wednesday night.

Hundreds of IT professionals and students from Hyderabad were stopped from crossing the Telangana-Andhra Pradesh border on Wednesday night.

The areas declared as red zones include- Chandanagar, Gachibowli, Turkyanjal and Kokapet of the Rangareddy district.

Hyderabad: Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has swung into action and declared five areas of the city as Covid-19 ‘quarantined red zones'. However, rubbishing the claims made by the civic body, But, the Health Minister Etela Rajender said that there is no such red zones of COVID-19 in Hyderabad and it is just a rumour.

Meanwhile, the district-level officers confirmed about red zones and have begun setting the banners for the same. The areas which were declared as red zones include- Chandanagar, Gachibowli, Turkyanjal and Kokapet of the Rangareddy district. Authorities have advised residents of these areas to avoid coming out of their homes for the next 14 days, while additional police force has been deployed to keep an eye on the locals’ movement.

Rangareddy district officials claimed that necessary measures are being made to provide residents with ration and groceries at home for all days in quarantine. Sufficient medical staff was also made available in red zones for medication and other needs, local officials said.

Health Minister visited the Guchibowli sports complex where the government is establishing an isolated ward with 1500 beds. And these special wards will come to utilization within 20 days, Minister added. Assuring that everything is in under control, Etela said that the isolation ward is a part of precautionary measures and is being made on the instruction of Chief Minister KCR.

While the district officials further stated that the people who reside within a kilometre’s radius of this red zone would be tested and if symptoms worsen they would be recommended to the Gandhi Hospital.

The number of coronavirus cases in Telangana climbed to 45 after a 45-year-old man was tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday.

first published:March 28, 2020, 11:47 IST