Hyderabad: The Hyderabad Kirana Merchant Association has decided to shut down Begum Bazar market from 5 p.m from 9 April in view of the surge in COVID-19 cases in the state. The association unanimously passed a resolution to restrict business hours from 9 a.m to 5 p.m.

In view of busy days in the market ahead of Ramazan, shopkeepers have been urged to maintain physical distancing. The association also asked the shopkeepers to use masks and sanitizer. "If any customer and employee come to the market without wearing a mask, request them to wear it. Otherwise, make them available at your shop so that they can wear it," said the association.

The shopkeepers have also been asked to follow the rules and regulations of the labour department and not allow anyone below 18 years of age to work in their store.

Telangana reported 2,055 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday. The last time the state reported more than 2,000 cases was on 1 October 2020 when it saw 2,009 cases. Telangana also reported seven COVID deaths on 7 April.

Meanwhile, Telangana reported 2,055 new Covid cases on Wednesday taking the overall tally to 3,18,704 in the state. The last time the state reported more than 2000 cases were on October 1, 2020, when the state reported 2009 cases.

The state reported seven new deaths on April 7 taking the total death toll to 1,741. The fatality rate in the state is 0.54 per cent which is less than the national average of 1.3 per cent.

Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) area on Wednesday reported 398 new cases. The neighbouring Rangareddy district reported 174 new cases. Medchal Malkajgiri reported 214 and Sangareddy 65 new cases.

Other districts of Telangana are also seeing a surge in cases. Nizamabad on Wednesday reported 169 new cases while Nirmal reported 100 cases and Jagtial reported 99 cases.

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