State fully prepared to face second wave of Covid: KCR

The Chief Minister said normalcy was returning to Telangana State since coronavirus cases were on the decline.

By   |  Published: 22nd Nov 2020  7:20 pm
File photo of Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao

Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Sunday directed the officials to take all the preventive measures needed to keep Covid-19 under check in Telangana as the number of coronavirus cases was increasing in some States. He said all the required action and measures would be taken to meet any eventuality in case the State is hit by a second wave of the pandemic.

He suggested that people remain cautious and observe self-protection guidelines. “Maintaining personal safety is the best medicine to prevent Covid-19,” he said. He said whenever a vaccine was made available for Covid-19, it would first be given to healthcare workers.

Reviewing the prevailing situation at Pragathi Bhavan here, the Chief Minister said normalcy was returning to Telangana State since coronavirus cases were on the decline. Despite the huge increase in number of tests being conducted, positive cases were less than 10 per cent and the recovery rate was 94.5 per cent, he pointed out.

“Though Covid-19 patients are suffering to some extent, the mortality rate is very low in the State. The State government remains on high alert and is taking all the necessary precautions in the State,” Chandrashekhar Rao assured. While about 10,000 beds with oxygen facility were kept ready across the State, he advised the officials to increase their numbers. As on date, the situation is completely under control, he reiterated.

The Chief Minister observed that there was a sudden surge of Covid-19 cases in Delhi, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and other States. Cases are also on the rise in Kerala and Karnataka marginally, he pointed out. “It has been pointed out that with the increase in number of cases in some States, there could be a second wave of Covid-19 in the country. But the State is in a position to withstand a second wave and for this, officials should be alert and make necessary arrangements to face any eventuality,” he added.

Chandrashekhar Rao said the State government will make all the efforts and put in place necessary measures to stop the spread of coronavirus. However, he sought people’s cooperation and urged them to act responsibly in this regard. “Though there is an unlock process going on now, people should be cautious, wear masks and follow all the Covid guidelines,” he suggested.

Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar, Principal Secretary for Medical and Health Murtuza Rizvi, Principal Secretary for CMO S Narsing Rao, Principal Secretary for Finance Ramakrishna Rao, Secretary Smita Sabharwal, Medical and Health Director Srinivas Rao, Director of Medical Education Ramesh Reddy, Covid-19 Experts Committee member Gangadhar and others participated in the meeting.

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