Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao on Monday has announced the closure of all the schools in the state from January 08 to 16, 2022. This decision was taken after a COVID review meeting was concluded at Pragathi Bhavan, Telangana yesterday.
In the review meeting, the minister put forth their worry regarding the increasing omicron cases in the state. The CM has also emphasized on the cleaning and proper sanitization of all the schools in Telangana before the normal functioning begins again.
While addressing the review meeting, the CM said that as per the central government no lockdown can be imposed in the state since the figures are low. However, they have suggested imposing certain restrictions such as avoiding large public gatherings, rallies, or any public events, etc in the state. Officials have released strict warnings like following basic SOPs like sanitizing hands, using masks every time while outdoor.
The CMO has ordered directives to the healthcare officials for ramping up medical facilities in the state i.e. beds, oxygen support, etc in case there is an emergency situation similar to the second wave. The directive has laid special emphasis on procuring medical oxygen and basic amenities quoting their crunch that was felt during the covid second wave. Amid the fear of a third wave standing on the head, the government is leaving no stone to be ready for a health emergency. CM Chandrashekhar Rao has asked the officials to increase the production of oxygen from 324 tonnes to 500 tonnes.
Other than this, the CM has also asked to keep at least one crore COVID-19 isolation kits and two crore testing kits ready to mark preparedness for any disaster-like situation again. The alertness and health preparedness of the state’s covid facility can be ascertained from the fact that the state has already rolled out the vaccine for the children belonging to the age group of 15 to 18 years. Owing to the large population, the state has also made around 1014 vaccination centers to meet the demand and make sure that vaccines are given on time and no one is left behind.