Hyderabad: GHMC changes tack, locks up only positive patients’ houses | Hyderabad News – Times of India

Hyderabad: GHMC changes tack, locks up only positive patients’ houses | Hyderabad News – Times of India

HYDERABAD: After a hue and cry was raised over containment clusters and localities being barricaded, Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) officials have changed their tack, locking just the house or building where people testing positive reside. If a positive case is detected in a flat, the entire apartment complex is being locked.

“We are speaking to residents and locking the main gate only after convincing them,” a GHMC official from GHMC Secunderabad zone said. In Jubilee Hills circle too, individual houses, buildings and apartments were being contained where positive cases were detected. “We sealed the main entrance by barricading it so that people can’t step out of their building. As the movement is restricted, the need to physically lock the building did not arise,” said a GHMC official from Jubilee Hills circle.
For essentials, GHMC officials have pressed into service staff working near the building. They work in shifts. “For the houses contained, the staff will provide round-the-clock assistance, including delivering essentials and medicines at their doorstep. Till quarantine period is completed, people living in the house contained can’t come out,” a GHMC official said.
WhatsApp groups have been created for apartments and localities, which have been contained. Residents, people appointed to deliver essentials and GHMC officials are part of the group. “We are monitoring the groups in our jurisdiction and interacting with residents too,” another GHMC official said.
Posters were being put up outside houses contained, while hands of those in home quarantine were also being stamped. Only in some areas, including Ziaguda and Vanasthalipuram, barricading was put in place in vicinity of the contained houses, the officials said.

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Telangana govt widens net as migrants test +ve | Hyderabad News – Times of India

HYDERABAD: With migrant workers returning from other states testing positive for Covid-19, officials have been left worried about their contacts carrying the virus. In the last week, seven migrant workers have been found to be positive. Travel passes to migrants coming from Mumbai, Surat, Guntur and Kurnool are also not being issued now, due to most number of positive cases coming from these areas.
“The passes will not be issued for migrants coming from areas where many cases have emerged. With migrant workers testing positive there is a strong possibility of rapid spread of the virus among the migrants,” said a senior official from the state health department.

The workers had travelled from Mumbai — which has a high number of positive cases — and therefore the chances of them having transmitted the virus are very high. Three of the returnees, who had come from Mumbai to Yadadri, had tested positive a few days back and four others, who had come to Macheriyal, tested positive on Saturday. Among them, at least three are related and had reached the state two days back. All of them are being treated at Gandhi Hospital.
A massive exercise has been launched by health authorities to find the contacts, which is expected to be in big numbers, of the migrant workers.
Officials have also been directed to not issue travel passes to workers coming from zones with highest number of cases. “We have been given instructions in this regard. Since the number of positive cases being reported in these areas are high, passes are not being given for now to migrant workers to prevent the spread of the virus,” added the official.
They were admitted to the Singareni area hospital three days back and their samples were taken for testing and they were then transferred to the Gandhi Hospital.
“I had gone to Mumbai to stay with my family there and had come with some of my relatives. We hired a cab to come back. All of us work there in factories,” said one of the patients.
Given the poor living conditions of migrant workers who often share rooms and do not always have access to basic precautions such as masks and sanitizers, the health authorities are jittery about allowing migrant workers in. Moreover, all the seven migrant workers (aged 30-80 years) who tested positive in the past week had travelled to the state by road but in groups. A few of workers who were exhibiting symptoms were identified by the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) teams, said an official.

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Hyderabad lockdown news: Today’s updates from your city | Hyderabad News – Times of India

Amid prevalent chaos and uncertainty over access to the essential services and commodities during the lockdown, we bring you the latest updates from your city.
*Indian Railways to restart passenger train operations with special trains from New Delhi connecting Dibrugarh, Agartala, Howrah, Patna, Bilaspur, Ranchi, Bhubaneswar, Secunderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram, Madgaon, Mumbai Central, Ahmedabad and Jammu Tawi from tomorrow
* Update at 11.17am: Shramik Special trains to now have up to 3 stoppages in destination state, run with full capacity of around 1,700 instead of 1,200: Railway order (PTI)
* Update at 11.05am: Special evacuation flight AI 1617 carrying 118 Indian citizens from San Francisco lands at Hyderabad airport

* Update at 11.01am: Ensure opening of all private clinics, nursing homes, labs with all medical staff, MHA tells states (PTI)

Update at 9.54am

: Union home secretary Ajay Bhalla writes to chief secretaries of all the states to cooperate in receiving Shramik special trains and to facilitate the movement of stranded migrant workers
* Update at 9.38am: Death toll due to Covid-19 rises to 2,206; cases climb to 67,152 in India, reports PTI quoting Union health ministry
* Update at 8.32am: Today, technology is helping many in the efforts to make the world free from Covid-19. I salute all those at the forefront of research and innovation on ways to defeat coronavirus. May we keep harnessing technology in order to create a healthier and better planet, says Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (ANI)
*In an attempt to keep the Road Transport Authority (RTA) offices free of crowds and maintain social distancing, slots to book applications for various services have been reduced from 400 to 60 per day for all the services across Telangana.
*It is not just Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad (JNTUH), many other state universities are now in the process of framing its future plans for exams and academic calendar.
*A proposal to keep shops and business establishments open beyond their regular working hours post the lockdown is under active consideration. The proposal, being mulled by the labour department, may benefit both shopkeepers and consumers.
*Telangana has sought 50% subsidy from the Centre on yarn for the textile industry in the state and also urged the GST council to consider waiving the tax on handloom products for two years to support the sector. Industries and MAUD minister KT Rama Rao requested Union textiles minister Smriti Irani
*The increased rates of alcohol introduced after the resumption of sales in Telangana has led to a slump in the purchase of liquor, with only 100 crates of alcohol being sold across the state.

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Rayalaseema farmers warn of drought | Hyderabad News – Times of India

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HYDERABAD: Rayalaseema farmers on Sunday warned of a severe drought this year, raising concerns over the implementation of Krishna River Water Management Board’s decision to deplete water from 814 ft level of Srisailam reservoir to 807 ft.
Rayalaseema Saguneeti Sadhana Samithi (RSSS) said Krishna and Tungabhadra rivers received good inflows in the 2019-2020 water year. “There have been good inflows which give us an opportunity to create reserves for use during lean years. This was explained in the concept of carry-over storage by Krishna Water Dispute Tribunal-1,” Bojja Dasaradharami Reddy, president, RSSS said.
Sources said that carry-over storage system was not followed during water-surplus years. Due to non-implementation of KWDT-1’s suggestions to construct reservoirs for allocated water and carry-over reservoirs to store floodwater, Rayalaseema projects could not utilise its allotted quantity of water from Tungabhadra dam, thus, the unused Tungabhadra water was made to flow into Srisailam reservoir and is being accounted as floodwater in Krishna river. As the Srisailam reservoir’s minimum drawdown level (MDDL) is not being maintained, Rayalaseema is deprived of surplus water.
“KWDT-2 has made provisions to maintain the carry-over storage in Srisailam reservoir and Nagarjuna Sagar Project during water surplus years,” said Reddy. Subsequently, the state revised 834 ft MDDL. However, water is being drawn up to 790 ft level of Srisailam reservoir, said sources.

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Telangana dials Bihar for 20,000 workers | Hyderabad News – Times of India

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HYDERABAD: Though reverse migration of workers has begun from other states, the requirement is far higher than the number of persons who have arrived in the state.
Rice millers and the agriculture sector alone need at least 20,000 hamalis (labourers), particularly those who specialise in loading and unloading paddy and rice and doing other chores at rice mills and paddy procurement centres.
Less than 500 hamalis, who specialise in loading and unloading of paddy and rice, have arrived from Bihar against the requirement of 20,000 persons. The state government has taken up the matter with the Bihar administration as thousands of hamalis who are in touch with rice millers in Telangana have expressed their willingness to come and work in the state.
The crisis being faced by rice millers and agriculture sector presently is shortage of labour, particularly hamalis.
A majority of some 30,000 hamalis who had come from various states were now returning home.
The Telangana government has requested the Bihar government to give permission for the workforce to be transported to Telangana in special Shramik Special trains after conducting Covid-19 tests and maintaining social distancing norm during travel.
Chief secretary Somesh Kumar has also sent a list of workers (hamalis) who are staying in various districts of Bihar and who have given their consent to come to work if provided transportation facility.
A member of the Rice Millers’ Association said the paddy procurement would have been completed by now if hamalis were there.
“Over 30,000 hamalis had gone to Bihar for Holi and could not return due to lockdown. Now, they are willing to come but officials are not allowing them to take the special train to Telangana. All efforts are being made to bring them back,” he said.

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Telangana: Universities discuss academic calendar | Hyderabad News – Times of India

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HYDERABAD: It is not just Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad (JNTUH), many other state universities are now in the process of framing its future plans for exams and academic calendar.
While the Telangana State Council of Higher Education (TSCHE) is hopeful that the academic session will commence from August as planned, it has sought views from all the state universities on the same. Even the Osmania University is set to convene a meeting on May 18 to discuss its future course of action on exams, evaluation and promotion of students apart from academic calendar for 2020-21.
“Classes in most universities and its constituent and affiliated colleges will continue till May 31. It is only after the extended lockdown concludes that we will be in any position to plan the academic calendar. However, we are hopeful that the academic year will begin by August,” said an official.

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Hyderabad Coronavirus News: Working hours of shops likely to be extended | Hyderabad News – Times of India

HYDERABAD: A proposal to keep shops and business establishments open beyond their regular working hours post the lockdown is under active consideration. The proposal, being mulled by the labour department, may benefit both shopkeepers and consumers.
“We have made this proposal as the lockdown may end on May 29 across Telangana, including the city. The Madhya Pradesh government has already started implementing a similar proposal for shops and business establishments in that state. On similar lines, we have proposed to implement the extended work hour proposal in the twin cities,” joint commissioner of labour (JCL), Hyderabad and Secunderabad, E Gangadhar told TOI.

According to the labour department’s official records, there were 1.20 lakh shops and business establishments, including small, medium and major units across Hyderabad and Secunderabad. The labour department used to issue licences as per the stipulated time.
“Over 90% of shops and business establishments have licences to operate their businesses even on Sundays, national holidays and even nighttimes, particularly during festival seasons. It may help these shops recoup the losses once the government extends working hours,” he said.
Labour officials, however, suggested certain measures like maintaining social distancing norms, sanitisation of premises and wearing masks, both by shopkeepers and consumers.
Regarding social distancing norm, every shop and business establishment has to mark blocks at sales/cash counter and goods delivery counter. In fact, shopkeepers have to reduce their staff to ensure better physical distancing norm, the labour official said.
Sanitisation is another major component which shopkeepers have to follow. They could either arrange sanitisation tunnels or place sanitisers at the entrance for consumers, he said. The shopkeepers have to ensure wearing of masks by both employees and consumers. Wearing of hand gloves too has been suggested, JCL, Gangadhar said.
The labour department would issue a notification once the government approves the proposal, he added.

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Hyderabad: Birthday party trigger for 45 coronavirus cases in LB Nagar | Hyderabad News – Times of India

15 new containment clusters in LB Nagar, which is now a Covid-19 hotspot

HYDERABAD: A birthday party thrown by a shop owner was the trigger for 45 Covid-19 positive cases and 15 new containment clusters in LB Nagar, which is now a hotspot for novel coronavirus in Hyderabad.
The virus spread soon after the shop owner, who stays in Saroornagar, threw the party for his friend in Vanasthalipuram. Those who took part in the party contracted the virus from the shop owner, who himself was infected from a worker in Malakpet Gunj where he has the shop. From just two containment clusters some time ago, the number of clusters in LB Nagar had gone up to 15 on Saturday.
Among the 45 positive cases, 25 cases pertain to the families of the two shop owners, confirmed a GHMC official. “Both the shop owners contracted the virus from workers at Malakpet Gunj. Both of them are family friends and visit each other’s houses. Some of their family members had fever and soon, the virus spread to the rest of the families after the birthday party,” a GHMC official told STOI.
On Saturday, GHMC commissioner DS Lokesh Kumar visited LB Nagar to take stock of the situation. Sodium hypochlorite solution was sprayed in Vanasthalipuram as well as in Saroornagar in the afternoon, while officials began looking out for the primary contacts of the positive cases.
“Those who have tested positive have been sent to hospital. Probe is under way to identify the primary contacts,” said a GHMC official. Though GHMC had decided earlier decided that home quarantine would be enough instead of isolating the entire locality, officials barricaded the area. “We had to declare the containment cluster in the locality following the new Covid-19 cases in LB Nagar,” the official said.
Both friends have shops in Malakpet Gunj, a wholesale market. While one stays in Saroornagar, the other resides in Vanasthalipuram. Both the areas fall under GHMC LB Nagar zone.
There were 57 positive cases in LB Nagar, out of which seven persons have recovered and five had succumbed to the virus. “All the 57 cases in LB Nagar have not been reported in a single day. When we started testing the primary contacts of the two shop owners, the new positive cases were detected,” said a senior GHMC official.

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