Covid-19: Congress asks TS Govt to break silence on community transmission

Coronaviurs covid 19 pandemic has entered the stage of community transmission in Telangana.

Hyderabad, July 13: :Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) Treasurer Gudur Narayana Reddy on Saturday demanded that the State Government must break its silence on the community transmission of novel Coronavirus in Telangana State.

Narayana Reddy, in a media statement, said that the State Government should inform the people whether or not Telangana has already entered Stage-3 of Coronavirus. He said many cases have surfaced in the last few days which clearly indicate that Coronaviurs has entered the stage of community transmission. Citing examples, he said one TRS MLA was reportedly tested positive for Covid-19 today. Another ex-MLA of BJP was also tested positive in the past. Similarly, the driver of GHMC Mayor B. Rammohan, PA of Finance Minister Harish Rao and a few others were also tested positive. “If there is no community transmission, then how these people got infected with Covid-19. They had no travel history nor do they fall into the category of Migrants, Deportees, Foreign Evacuees or other categories so far defined by the authorities. These are the clear cases wherein the source of infection is not known,” he said.

The Congress leader advised Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao to come out of denial mode for everything. “We cannot win the war against Coronavirus by hiding the facts. We must learn to accept the reality to have a head-on battle against Covid-19. The State Government can hide the real numbers only for a few days. But this approach will bring catastrophic results. In an effort to show less number of Covid-19 patients now, KCR Govt will end up increasing the death toll in the next few weeks. Those infected with the virus need available medicines and best possible medicare. If they are denied treatment today, then their condition will certainly deteriorate and might even result in their death in near future,” he said.

Narayana Reddy said that the findings of serological survey conducted by Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) could not be used to make claims of ‘no community transmission’ in Telangana. He said the survey was done in specified areas for just two days. Only 1200 samples were collected in three districts of Jangaon, Kamareddy and Nalgonda between May 15 and 17 and just 500 samples were collected in five containment zones of Hyderrabad, Adibatla, Tappachabutra, Miyapur, Chandanagar and Balapur on May 30 and 31. A sero survey is designed to find presence of antibodies for any particular infection and reflects past infections among a given population. Therefore, the findings of survey do not stand valid for entire Telangana.

Further, Narayana Reddy pointed out that the survey was done during the lockdown period. The number of cases has started escalating after the lockdown was relaxed from 1st June. He said that the State Government was trying to wash off its hands by citing irrelevant surveys, favourable analysis and unreliable data. He said that the KCR Government must learn to behave in accountable manner and take responsibility for everything.

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