Hyderabad: The Regional Passport Office (RPO) in Hyderabad has decided to reduce its appointments by 50 per cent and address only urgent passport inquiries. In a statement released on 20 March, the passport office further requested applicants to reschedule their appointments to any date after 7 April. “Applicants are requested to visit Passport Seva Kendras only if they require urgent passport services and NOT to visit if they have fever/cough,” said the passport office on Friday.

It was further informed that restriction on rescheduling appointments has been relaxed, owing to the current scenario. “One can now change their appointment date multiple times without paying an extra fee or visiting the regional passport main office in Secunderabad,” the RPO officials said.

General inquiries on routine cases will not be entertained at the main office until 31 March. In case of any urgent queries, applicants are requested to call 040-27716199 or mail at [email protected]

In an advisory, the passport office said that people who have recently returned from abroad should avoid visiting Passport Seva Kendras and passport offices until 7 April. These measures are temporary and will be reviewed after two weeks, according to the authorities.

As of 20 March, a total of 196 active COVID-19 cases have been registered across India, as per the data updated by the Union ministry of health and family welfare. Telangana has recorded 18 Corona-positive cases. A 24-year-old patient from the state was discharged on 13 March.

Amritha Mohan

Amritha Mohan is a reporter at the NewsMeter. Shortly after completing her Master's in Communication at the University of Hyderabad, she began teaching courses on media and culture as a guest lecturer at the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Shillong. Amritha has previously interned with news organisations such as Greater Kashmir and Newslaundry. A lover of travel and photography, she spends most of her time planning road trips to the North-East. Nothing makes her happier than a green turf and a team to play football with. She primarily reports on education, tech, human-interesting and critical features.

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