Warangal: With steep rise in Covid-19 cases for the last 30 days, several villages and towns in erstwhile Warangal district have been observing full or partial self-lockdown.
Not only villages in and around Warangal city, but also the villages located in the remote parts of the district and on the forest fringes are following restrictions by passing a resolution in favour of the lockdown at the village elders’ meetings or at the gram panchayat meetings.
The villages, including Madikonda under GWMC limits, Ayyavaripeta, Chintur, Dharmaram, and Mangapet village of Mulugu district, Elakaturthy, Hasanparthy, Kamalapur, Garmillapally and Mulkalagudem villages in Warangal Urban district have voluntarily imposed lockdown.
Speaking to Telangana Today, Mulkalagudem Sarpanch Bandi Parvathalu said they had imposed the lockdown at the village since Friday and it would be in force till May 22. “Though only four positive cases were reported in the village during this second wave, we have decided to observe the lockdown as two people from Kondaparthy and four from Vontimamidipally, which are our neighbouring villages, died of Covid-19 recently,” he added. Kirana shops and other commercial establishments are being kept open from 7 am to 10 am and 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm at the Mulkalagudem village. At Garmillapally village, shops are allowed to run from 6 am to 12 pm and the lockdown will end on Mary 31, according to Sarpanch Gandi Mallikambha.
Kondaparthy Sarpanch Katkuri Rajamani said that there were about 50 people who were suffering from virus symptoms in the village. In Mangapet village of Mulugu district, voluntary lockdown will remain in force till May 20. It was decided to allow business establishments to function between 6 am and 1 pm only. Kadavendi village in Jangaon district imposed the self-lockdown on April 30 and the orders will remain in force till May 15. The Gram Panchayat decided to impose a fine of Rs 1,000 on those who violate the order.
Meanwhile, Society for Public Welfare and Initiative (SPWI) founder president Dr Suresh Devath urged the Telangana government to impose partial lockdown to check the spread of Covid-19 cases. “The government should also ensure that the people must follow the Covid protocol by pressing the police force. It should also take steps to increase the supply of oxygen, Remdesivir injections and medical kits for the benefit of the patients,” he added.
As a total of 13 families were infected by Covid-19 at Karlai village in Kothaguda mandal of Mahabubabad district, Additional SP Yogesh Goutam along with Kothaguda and Gangaram SIs Suresh and Chandramohan has handed over essential commodities like rice and groceries to them on Saturday.
Meanwhile, 296 positive cases were reported on May 7 in Warangal district, while Warangal Rural district recorded 89 cases on the same day. Jangaon reported 51 positive cases, and Jayashankar Bhupalpally district recorded 65 cases. 113 positive cases were reported in Mahabubabad district, while Mulugu reported 54 cases on May 7.
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