Hyderabad: With the number of people arriving in the city from other States increasing steadily, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) is taking all measures to track their health status and is fixing stickers at their homes, besides stamping ‘Home Quarantine’ on their hands.
Apart from Vande Bharat flights, many are now entering the city through trains and by road. Till date, over 45,000 people have arrived in the city and of these, nearly 3,000 were found to have come by trains. While those arriving in trains are being tracked through the data shared by the railways, those coming by road are being identified from the checkposts set up by the Police Department in a few districts that share borders with the neighbouring States.
These checkposts were set up in Suryapet, Zaheerabad, Adilabad, Gadwal, Nizamabad, Kamareddy, Kothagudem, Vikarabad and Nalgonda.
Interestingly, majority of those arriving by road have entered the city through Suryapet and Gadwal checkposts.
The Central government has recently cut down the mandatory quarantine period from 14 days to seven. This apart, it has also permitted people without any symptoms to go home directly without conducting any tests. The State government also permitted inter-State movement of persons and no separate permission was required for one to travel into or out of Telangana. “We are constantly tracking details of those arriving in the city through different modes of transport and initiating measures accordingly,” said GHMC Commissioner D S Lokesh Kumar. Of the 45,000 persons who arrived in the city, majority have completed the mandatory quarantine period and have left for their homes, including those in the districts, he said.
In Hyderabad, the addresses and details of citizens arriving from other States were being obtained and their health status was being checked on a daily basis, besides stamping ‘Home Quarantine’ for seven days. In case any people develop symptoms, they were being shifted to Gandhi hospital for treatment.
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