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COVID-19: Telangana Home Minister Mohammed Mahmood Ali tests positive

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Hyderabad: Telangana Home Minister Mohammed Mahmood Ali has tested positive for COVID-19 and been admitted to a private hospital in Hyderabad on Sunday (June 28) night. He had participated in Haritha Haram, a plantation programme, with top police officials on June 25, according to reports. So far three members of State Legislative Assembly, all belonging to the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), have tested positive.

On Wednesday (24 June), three security personnel of the 67-year-old minister were diagnosed with the infection and were asked to quarantine themselves at their respective homes. Meanwhile, the number of cases in Telangana has surpassed the 14,000-mark. The fresh cases pushed the state’s tally to 14,419. While 9000 of them are undergoing treatment, 5172 have been discharged including 244 on Sunday. The day also saw four deaths, taking the death toll to 247.

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao said he will formulate a strategy in the next three to four days to control the spread of COVID-19 cases in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) and suggested to declare lockdown again.

He also said the government would examine all relevant issues and take a necessary decision as they have to be considered before re-imposing lockdown in GHMC limits. “If a lockdown is imposed, it should be implemented strictly and totally. There should be a day-long curfew with one or two-hour relaxation to buy the essentials,” he said in an official release.

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