The Health authorities in Telangana have issued a warning saying COVID-19 had entered the community transmission stage, asking people to be extra vigilant during the next four to five weeks.

Telangana government indicated that there is a ‘community spread of Coronavirus’ in the state and asked the people to be cautious for next four to five weeks.

An official statement from the state health department indicated the presence of Coronavirus among the community in Telangana.

“The virus is in the community and all of us are doing our best to contain it. The State government is pulling out all stops to prevent the virus from spreading. General public must be very cautious in the next four to five weeks,” Director of Public Health Dr G Srinivas Rao said.

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He said the people should compulsorily wear masks, do hand washing and maintain physical distancing in every aspect of life. It is mandatory to prevent the spread of the virus, he said.

Saying that there was a clear indication of the presence of COVID-19 in the community across Telangana, health officials said this was the worst phase when the number of infected would multiply rapidly.

Telangana has touched 49,259 COVID-19 positive cases with 438 deaths so far. But to ensure that there is no shortage in the health care system, the state has made it mandatory for all Post Graduate (PG) medical students of 2018-18 batch to have one-year compulsory government services in Government medical colleges in Telangana.

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Doctors have announced that the COVID-19 infections have started to increase in towns and districts of Telangana, which is quite worrisome.

Director of Medical Education Dr K Ramesh Reddy has issued instructions to principals of various Medical Colleges to relieve the PG medicos with instructions to report before concerned Superintendents of Government Hospitals. Already, the PG medical students of 2017-18 batch have been allotted Government medical colleges where they have to report for COVID-19 duty.

Neighbouring Andhra Pradesh has stepped up COVID-19 testing and has performed 1.4 million tests so far from which 64,713 positive cases have been reported and the state has seen 823 deaths.

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In the last 24 hours, Andhra Pradesh has seen 61 death and highest till date positive cases, numbering 7,998. The average increase in COVID positive cases in both the Telugu states is around 2,000 each, every day. A majority of the new cases are from the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) area. #KhabarLive #hydnews