Hyderabad: Telangana Governor Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan on 4 April called state health minister Eatala Rajender and inquired about the surge in COVID-19 cases in the state. Expressing concern over the spurt in COVID-positive cases, the Governor asked the minister about the status of the cases and the measures initiated for the prevention and treatment of new cases.

The minister informed the Governor of the series of steps initiated by the government like ramping up testing, creating an app to alert and trace the contacts, and improving the facilities at designated COVID-19 hospitals in the state.

The Governor also inquired about the status of the large number of patients being put on ventilators in many hospitals. She pointed out that early detection and treatment were vital to avoid further complications.

She appealed to the people to strictly adhere to all preventive guidelines like wearing masks, maintaining social distance, avoiding public gatherings, and frequently washing hands and using sanitizer in order to contain the spread of the virus.

Dr. Soundararajan called the minister from Puducherry where she is currently holding additional charge as the Lt. Governor.

She appreciated the health department for developing the app to identify and alert all primary and secondary contacts of COVID-19 patients. The minister explained that the app will help trace the contacts of those who have tested positive and ensure that all the primary contacts visit the nearest testing centres and take necessary treatment or precautions.

The Governor appealed to all eligible people to get vaccinated so as to contain the pandemic. Referring to the rise in summer temperatures, Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan urged the people to take necessary precautions so as to avoid sunstrokes and other complications.

The Governor is constantly monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic in the state and has been giving necessary advice to effectively contain its spread. She emphasized on the 'test, trace, and treat' formula for the containment of the virus.

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