Hyderabad: Putting an end to rumours of imposing another lockdown due to surging COVID-19 cases in the state, the Telangana Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar stated that the government does not have any plan to impose a lockdown in Telangana and refuted all false claims. The Chief Secretary, while addressing the media on June 15 also said, “Over 50,000 tests will be conducted across the assembly constituency in the coming week.”

In addition to this, the state government has also fixed a cap on the charges levied by private labs for COVID-19 tests, as well as private hospitals for COVID-19 treatment.

Earlier on June 14, the Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao, announced that private hospitals and laboratories in the state can now conduct COVID-19 tests. During a high-level review meeting at Pragathi Bhavan here KCR announced strict measures for Hyderabad and surrounding areas to contain the spread of the virus.

He said that 50,000 COVID-19 tests will be conducted in 30 Assembly segments of Hyderabad, Rangareddy, Vikarabad, Medchal, and Sangareddy districts within the next 10 days as a precautionary measure. He has instructed officials to prepare guidelines for private hospitals and laboratories to conduct the tests, offer treatment, and also asked them to finalise the fees.

According to officials, the five districts have reported a higher number of cases compared to other districts in the state. Hence, the chief minister has asked them to focus on Hyderabad and the other four districts. He has also instructed that measures be taken on a war footing in the 30 Assembly segments in these districts.

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