TS cancels all religious festivals, to set up Covid Check Posts

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CM KCR is flanked by CS Somesh Kumar and Health Secretary - File photo By RSJ Thomas

At least 18-Check posts will be set up at all entry points on the State and national highways to detect the foreign travellers to avoid the spread of Covid19 cases in the state.

Revealing this at a media conference after a high-level emergency meeting held with all District Collectors at Pragati Bhavan today, Chief Minister Chandrasekhar Rao declared that since Telangana is sharing borders with Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka there is possibility of influx and in order to prevent this we have decided to set up Covid Checkposts.

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He said he would demand the Prime Minister tonight during the video conference to ban all the International flights into the country forthwith. “This is imminent since the Covid19 virus is not born in India. It is being spread only from the travellers coming from abroad”, he said.

While stating that out of 14 positive cases recorded in the state over 8 people have come from Indonesia and 4 others from Singapore, Italy and Scotland, KCR said: “Hence, clear instructions have been given to all the district Collectors to identify every single person whoever has come from abroad after the March 1st”.

He said special search committees will be formed at every village and in coordination with local panchayat officials, staff, Sarpanches, public representatives etc., so that they will go door to door to identify the persons coming from abroad. “Those identified would be sent to quarantine centres or will be allowed to be in self-quarantine at home under the government supervision.

He further appealed to all religious heads including temples, masjids, churches, gurdwaras etc not to allow devotees to avoid congregation with immediate effect. He also declared that the proposed Ugadi and Sri Ram Navami festival to be held this month will stand cancelled and no public celebrations will be held in this regard. However, he said that a traditional Panchanga Sravana (Recital of New Year Telugu Calendar) will be telecast live on Television and urged the people to watch it only on Television while sitting at home.

He thanked the Muslim clergy who have converged with him over the anti-CAA resolution, for accepting his request of not to allow Namaz at Masjids for Friday prayers tomorrow.

However, he said as announced earlier, all things remain same including the closure of every establishment except for grocery stores, Kirana stores to enable people to buy essential commodities. “But I request the Kiran store owners, super bazaars etc to ensure fewer gathering at their place in the interest of everyone”, he said.

Instructions were also given for taking up sanitation works in every village, colony, locality, Bastis from village to the city on a daily basis. However, extraordinary sanitation works will also be taken up in the 2500 centres wherein SSC examinations are going on. “Extra precautions such as sanitizing the entire examination area including inside and outside the hall, tables, chairs, vehicles, every bit including the surroundings etc. should be taken up”, he concluded.