The Telangana government has decided to reopen the state completely as the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic showed strong signs of receding. The government has ordered “all branches to lift all types of regulations imposed during the lockdown in full extent.”
“The state cabinet has decided to lift the lockdown completely. The decision has been taken to lift the lockdown by examining the reports given by medical authorities that the number of corona cases, positivity percentage has decreased significantly, corona have come into full control,” the Chief Minister’s Office posted on Facebook.
Telangana, one of the worst-hit states in the country, on Friday reported a case positivity of just 1.14 per cent. The number of daily cases was just over 1,400 in 24 hours, whereas the number of Covid-linked deaths was 12.
The reversing of the more virulent Covid wave has been attributed to the strict lockdown the state government had imposed.
The K Chandrashekar Rao government had extended the lockdown on June 9 by 10 days. However, it had eased several restrictions as the wave showed signs of waning.
The second wave of the pandemic that has killed thousands of people over the last two months and has devastated the country’s economy, is gradually receding from other parts of the country as well.
On Saturday, India reported 60,753 new cases and 1,647 deaths in 24 hours.
Many Covid-ravaged states like Maharashtra and Delhi have also relaxed the restrictions.
Experts have warned that a third wave of the coronavirus is inevitable and can hit the country in the coming months if anti-Covid rules are ignored.
“As we have started unlocking, there is again a lack of Covid-appropriate behaviour. We don’t seem to have learnt from what happened between the first and the second wave. Again, crowds are building up… people are gathering. It will take some time for the number of cases to start rising at the national level. Third wave is inevitable and it could hit the country within the next six to eight weeks…,” AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria told NDTV.