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Telangana Extended Lockdown Till May 7 ; Ban Imposed on Swiggy and Zomato Online Food Delivery

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No Swiggy & Zomato in Hyderabad From Tomorrow

Hyderabad : Telangana’s Chief Minsiter K. Chandrashekhar Rao (KCR) on Sunday announced an extension of lockdown in Telangana till May 7 to restrict the spread of the deadly coronavirus in the state. The extended lockdown in Telangana goes beyond the May 3 deadline announced by the Central Government.

There is no question of any kind of relaxation in Telangana State. The State Cabinet discussed all the factors including the present status of the disease in the state. It is very clear and unambiguous decision based on ground realities and need to take abundant precaution to check the virus spread after seeing the opinion of medical experts.

K. Chandrashekhar Rao , Chief Minister of Telangana

Giving the status in the State, Chandrashekhar Rao said 18 new corona positive cases were reported on Sunday, taking the total number of Covid-19 cases in the State to 858. “There have been 21 deaths in the State so far, while 186 persons, after undergoing treatment, have been discharged to date. Presently, 651 persons are undergoing treatment but none of them is in critical condition,” he said, adding that four of the 33 districts were completely free of coronavirus. Of the 450 persons who were tested on Sunday, only 18 turned out to be positive for the virus, he said.

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The Chief Minister said the Cabinet decision was taken after extensive surveys carried out by the government and the media indicated that an overwhelming majority of the people were in favour of continuing with the lockdown. “About 95 per cent of the people contacted during the surveys were firm on continuing with the lockdown in the interest of the people of the State. I myself spoke over phone to a cross section of society across the State including laywers, doctors, youngsters, farmers and even labourers, and all of them were unanimous in their opinion that the lockdown should continue. In fact, they had a counter query for me seeking to know if the prevalence of infection in the State had gone down to justify lifting or easing the lockdown norms. The people are very clear that there should be no compromise on this count,” he said.

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From tomorrow, he Telangana Government has barred Operation of food delivery services like Zomato and Swiggy until further notice. But , companies delivering groceries such as BigBasket and Grofers will be allowed to ply in the state while no one will be allowed to order cooked meals from apps like Swiggy and Zomato from Monday morning.

Recently, a food delivery personnel was infected with coronavirus in Delhi who have been feared to infect 72 families in Malviya Nagar. All suspected people are quarantined and are being examined further to ascertain whether they have been affected or not.

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Delhi’s incident could be a precursor of the Telangana government’s decision to ban food delivery apps in the state. To tackle the spread of the virus and offer a level playing field for offline retailers, the central government had cancelled its order to open up regular e-commerce activity from tomorrow.

(News Sources : Telangana Today & Entrackr )

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