Hyderabad, May 6: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao has extended COVID-19 lockdown in the state till 29 May, after witnessing a surge in coronavirus cases. The decision was taken by the state cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister.
Telangana government also decided to re-open all liquor shops except those in containment zones with 16 per cent hike in liquor prices from Wednesday.
The shops can remain open from 10 am to 6 pm and sell liquor only to those wearing masks.
KCR said the government had to take a decision to re-open liquor shops as all four states which share borders with Telangana have re-opened them. “If we don`t open shops here, it will lead to smuggling from neighbouring states,” he said.
Three journalists from Telangana based in New Delhi have tested positive for Covid-19. The Telangana government on Tuesday said it had released Rs 12 lakh for testing and treatment of the three, working for a Telugu television channel.
Initially, the state government had remitted Rs 75,000 in cash for primary contact testing and had assured of assistance for the treatment of positive cases among Telugu media personnel. Further, the state government has released a budget to the Resident Commissioner, Telangana Bhavan, for the treatment of three positive cases, who are under treatment and the testing of their contacts.