Hyderabad: Two more persons, including a close contact of a positive patient and a 3-year-old male child with a travel history to Saudi Arabia, have tested positive for the novel coronavirus even as the lockdown entered Day 4 on Wednesday.
With these, the overall number of COVID-19 positive cases reported in Telangana rose to 41. A 43-year-old woman, who is a family member of a 49-year-old positive patient from Kokapet who had travelled to the city from London, tested positive.
The woman does not have any history of international travel but contracted the virus during the home quarantine of the positive person.
According to State health officials, both the patients are admitted to designated hospitals and are in a stable condition. At present, there are nearly 50 suspected Covid-19 patients admitted to government hospitals across the State and their test results are expected to come in a day.
Day 4 of the total lockdown in the State saw improved compliance by the people, with fewer denizens venturing out on to the streets.
Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao’s stern warning of serious action against violators coupled with Ministers and elected representatives stepping out urging people to stay put in their houses and the no-nonsense approach of the police seemed to have worked as a deterrent for those who are seemingly unable to comprehend the seriousness of the situation.
Despite being a day of festival — Ugadi — people chose to remain indoors with festivities on a low key. The few who did venture out during the day were reprimanded and counselled by the cops, and sent back home.
Unlike the first three days, the customer queue-up at kirana shops and major stores selling essential commodities saw a marked drop even in the morning, and by afternoon, that too had thinned out. Reports from the districts also indicated a similar scenario with people keeping off the roads.
Elsewhere in the State, villagers continued to be trendsetters in self-isolating and discouraging unnecessary social interaction. As in the past couple of days, residents of scores of villages across the State set up barricades at the entry points, saying a firm ‘No’ to outsiders.
After severe scarcity in different markets during the last two days, vegetables have started to arrive in adequate quantities in the city.
On Wednesday, vegetable markets and rythu bazaars witnessed the arrival of vegetables in large quantities and the prices too came down with vendors selling the vegetables at more affordable prices.
Though the prices were a little higher — around Rs 5 to Rs 10 — on most of the vegetables like tomato, lady’s finger, cabbage and chilli, buyers did not mind saying today’s prices were much lesser than that of those in the last two days.
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