Hyderabad: Health Minister Etela Rajender on Wednesday said Telangana was the first to have raised a red flag and alerted the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare about the implication of the religious congregation at Markaz, Nizamuddin in New Delhi.
“Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao was the first to demand a ban on all international and domestic flights. Even before other States, Telangana was already implementing a complete lockdown. We were the first to alert about the Markaz meeting and its implications to New Delhi as well,” Rajender said here on Wednesday.
Stating that nearly 160 persons who participated in the religious congregation in New Delhi were yet to be located, Rajender said the government so far had information that over 1,000 persons from Telangana participated in the meeting.
“Barring the 160 missing persons, we have managed to locate the rest of the persons. In fact, all of them are in various Government hospitals and undergoing diagnostic tests. We have achieved this in just 48 hours, which reflects the strength of our surveillance teams,” he said.
The minister maintained that there was little evidence of community transmission in Telangana and said the Covid-19 patients who had recently recovered and were getting discharged would continue to remain under home quarantine for the next 14 days.
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