New Delhi: A Telangana-native judge working at a family court in Delhi died of COVID 19 on Monday. Born in Nirmal district, K Venugopal started his practice as an advocate in the neighboring Nizamabad district.

While practicing in Nizamabad, he appeared for the District Judge qualifying examination and stood second at the national level. Since then, he has been working in Delhi and was posted at the family court.

After testing positive for Covid 19, he was put under home quarantine from April 12. On Sunday, his condition deteriorated and he was shifted to Delhi's LNJ hospital where he was kept in the ICU ward. His health condition worsened and he breathed his last on Monday morning. He is survived by his wife and a daughter.

Venugopal was a well-known advocate in Nizamabad. He had also taken an active part in the Telangana agitation in the early days.

Meanwhile, amid the surge in COVID19 cases in the state, the Telangana Government on April 20, announced 'night curfew' beginning Tuesday till April 30, 2021. The night curfew will be imposed from 9 pm to 5 am beginning today.

"The various measures to control COVID-19 in the state have been reviewed. It is decided to introduce a night curfew in the state for the period from 9 pm to 5 am the next day till 30th April 2021 as a further measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The order came after Telangana High Court on Monday asked the state government to take a call on imposing a night curfew," said Somesh Kumar, Chief Secretary, Telangana Government.

Also, Telangana reported the highest single-day spike with 5,926 new COVID-19 cases on Monday.The previous highest single-day spike was on April 17 when the state reported 5,093 COVID positive cases. The overall tally has touched 3,61,359 in the state.

Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) area on Monday reported 793 new cases. Neighboring Rangareddy district reported 455 new cases. Medchal Malkajgiri reported 488 and Sangareddy 184 new cases.

Other districts of Telangana are also seeing a surge in cases. Nizamabad on Monday reported 444 new cases while Kamareddy reported 262 cases, Khammam 247, Warangal Urban reported 208 cases and Jagtial reported 205 cases.

The state reported eighteen new deaths on April 19 taking the overall toll to 1,856. The fatality rate in the state is 0.51 percent which is less than the national average of 1.2 percent.

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