Hyderabad: Telangana health minister Eatala Rajender on 29 April clarified that the state has no plans to impose a lockdown.

He said that the vaccination process will continue in the state depending on the vaccines allocated by the Center. He also added that 3.5 crore vaccines are expected to be given in three months and asked if the Centre would give permission to import the vaccines.

Mr. Rajender stated that the state will formulate a vaccination campaign and said 19 diagnostic hubs will be set up in the districts and blood tests will be conducted at district diagnostic centers for those in home isolation. He also advised those in home isolation to get blood tests every three to four days.

He said that ANMs have the opportunity to go door-to-door and vaccinate people. Regarding arguments about conducting the vaccination and COVID-19 tests at different centers, he said the state will think about it and decide.

Amid a booming black market for oxygen cylinder and life-saving drugs, the minister warned that stern action would be taken against those found selling drugs and oxygen at high prices.

Meanwhile, Telangana reported a new single-day high on Wednesday when 58 people succumbed to the COVID 19.

Telangana also reported 7,994 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday. The overall tally has touched 4,27,960 in the state. The state has 76,060 active cases currently.

The state reported 58 deaths, the highest single-day toll, on Wednesday. With this, the overall death toll has reached 2,208. The fatality rate in the state is 0.51 percent which is less than the national average of 1.1 percent.

Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) reported 1,630 new cases. Neighboring Rangareddy district reported 558 new cases. Medchal Malkajgiri reported 615 new cases.

Other districts of Telangana are also seeing a steep surge in cases. Nalgonda reported 442 new cases while Sangareddy reported 337 cases, Nizamabad 301 cases while Mahaboobnagar reported 263 cases.

Around 4,009 citizens recovered from the infection on Wednesday taking total recoveries to 3,49,692 in the state. The recovery rate, as per the government, now stands at 81.71 percent. The national average is 82.1 percent.

The government tested 80,181 citizens on Wednesday. The testing in the state is decreasing day by day. So far 1,28,28,763 samples have been tested in the state. The test positivity rate (TPR) in the state is 9.9 percent. Samples tested per million population stand at 3,44,673. Reports of 4,725 samples are awaited. The state tested 49.4 percent of primary contacts while 12.9 percent secondary contacts

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