Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Tuesday announced extension of the lockdown in Telangana State till May 29, irrespective of the nation-wide lockdown announced by the Centre till May 17.

“The situation in the State capital, Hyderabad, and its neighbouring districts, Rangareddy and Malkajigiri-Medchal district is very serious and there is no way we can take any chances,” the Chief Minister said, after a marathon Cabinet meeting at Pragathi Bhavan here.

Stating that all shops in the green and orange zones covering 25 districts will be allowed to open from Wednesday, Chandrashekhar Rao, however, said that status quo will be maintained in the three red zone district of Hyderabad, Rangareddy and Medchal-Malkajigiri. While 100 per cent of the shops in rural areas – from mandal to villages – in the districts classified under green and orange zones will be allowed to open from Wednesday, only 50 per cent of the shops in municipal towns will be allowed to open. “This will be on a rotational basis, and all shop-owners will get a chance to open their shops on alternate days,” he said.

The Chief Minister, seeking the cooperation of the people in implementing the lockdown norms effectively, said the night curfew between 7 pm and 6 am will continue across the State and will be strictly implemented.

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