Warangal: Health Minister Etela Rajender on Monday said the COVID situation in Telangana is not serious like Delhi, Maharashtra, and Karnataka where thousands of cases are being registered daily.

"There is a spike only where ever there is negligence. We are not in a serious situation and there is no need to implement lockdown in the state," he said.

The minister was talking to the media after reviewing the arrangements and treatment being given to coronavirus patients at the MGM hospital in Warangal on Monday.

"There are 1370 beds in the MGM hospital with ventilator treatment and sufficient oxygen‌. There is no shortage of beds. The hospital can easily accommodate another 300 patients under the present circumstances," he said.

He said the government will provide proper medical care to all those receiving treatments at the MGM hospital. "PPE kits and all the required medicine are available here. Rumors should not be believed. The morale of doctors, who are constantly working, should not be affected," he added.

Etela said it is not possible to conduct RTPCR tests on everybody. He advised that the RTPCR test should be opted for only if the Rapid test gives a negative result and the person still has some symptoms.

He also asked the district collector and the MGM superintendent to recruit as much staff as required and fill up all the vacancies.

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