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    • The TRS government headed by chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is at loggerheads with the private healthcare providers pertaining to tests and even ordered closure of over a dozen private labs, accusing them responsible for high positivity rates.

      Between June 29 and July 5, Telangana recorded India’s highest test positivity rate at almost 28%. The cumulative test positivity rate was also at an all-time high of 20.6%. Maharashtra came close at almost 22% weekly test positivity and 18.8% cumulative positivity rates.

      Holding a high-level review on rising Coronavirus spread last Sunday, chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao had hinted at imposing fresh lockdown in Hyderabad for 15 days with stricter curfew conditions, which includes shutting down flights and trains.

      On Wednesday, the two-judge bench of Chief Justice Raghavendra Singh Chauhan and Justice B Vijaysen Reddy warned that it will initiate contempt proceedings against the state government if it is not satisfied with its explanation on why its orders were not followed.

      The move comes at a time when the Centre has raised red flags over the ‘high positives-low tests’ scenario in Telangana and sent a union health ministry team on Sunday to Hyderabad, which saw India’s second highest positive rate at 32.1% on June 23.

      At a high-level review held on the rising Coronavirus spread in Telangana in general and the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) region in particular, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Sunday indicated imposing lockdown in Hyderabad for 15 days.

      The petitioner requested the court to direct the state government to register criminal cases against Twitter and the users who were allegedlyspreading hatred messages under Chapter XV-Offences Relating to Religion of Indian Penal Code and other relevant laws prevailing.

      Telangana reported 985 fresh Covid positive cases on Friday night, taking the total to 12,349 and of conducting 4,374 tests over the last 24 hours to take the total tests to 75,308 so far. While 4,766 persons were discharged to date, the state suffered 237 Covid deaths.

      Telangana has had a daily positive rate ranging between 20% and 40% from June 10-23. As on June 23, the state recorded 4,073 positive cases and a positive rate of 28%. In contrast, Andhra Pradesh registered only 3% positive rate, Karnataka at 4%, Tamil Nadu at 11% and Maharashtra at 24%.

      Amid ‘high positives-low testing’ scenario, Telangana had reported India’s highest positive rate at 27.7% and the country’s lowest number of tests at a mere 14,690 from June 10-23. Hyderabad recorded India’s second highest positive rate at 32.1% on June 23, after Mumbai at 33%.

      BJP, which has maintained a political understanding with the Telangana Rashtra Samiti, on Monday held rallies against the state government and blamed it for the poor infrastructure and Covid-19 tests.

      Famous shrines, including theLord Venkateswra temple in Hyderabad, Sri Rama temple at Bhadrachalam and Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple at Yadadri were among those which reopened. The devotees were allowed entry only after thermal screening and mandatory wearing of face masks.

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