GHMC teams to locate, stamp, isolate those returned from overseas

Our Bureau Hyderabad | Updated on March 23, 2020 Published on March 23, 2020

To sticker their homes, alert neighbours; Telangana issues order to form teams

As it locks down the State till March 31, the Telangana Government issued an Order on Sunday night directing the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) to form teams to track down those who have returned from abroad after March 1.

“There is a potential threat of persons (who have arrived from abroad) to transit the novel coronavirus. There is an immediate need to trace, track and enforce home quarantine,” Arvind Kumar, Principal Secretary to the Government, said in the Government Order (GO).

The special teams, which would comprise staffers from the Health Department, GHMC, and police departments, will identify the people in question, shift those with symptoms to isolation centres, collect samples and send them for testing.

All of them will be located, stamped and asked to stay home for 14 days. The teams will alert the neighbours and local self-help groups (SHGs) to keep them informed.

The GO asked the GHMC to collate the information, submit it to the government and work with the State Rapid Response Team (SRRT) to devise strategies to contain the spread of the virus.

It is estimated that about 20,000 people have returned from abroad at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport here. The number could be much more if people landed at airports in Bengaluru, Chennai and Mumbai and drove down to the State via road.

Though there will be no fresh arrivals now as all international flights have been barred from entering the country, the State has decided to pin down those who arrived earlier, particularly after March 1.

As many as 11,000 such passengers have been identified and kept under home quarantine and isolation, wherever needed.

The Government has also launched a State-wide survey to identify those returned from abroad after March 1.

Tags: Hyderabad, Telangana, COVID-19, novel coronavirus, Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), quarantine, isolation

Published on March 23, 2020

A letter from the Editor

Dear Readers,

The coronavirus crisis has changed the world completely in the last few months. All of us have been locked into our homes, economic activity has come to a near standstill. Everyone has been impacted.

Including your favourite business and financial newspaper. Our printing and distribution chains have been severely disrupted across the country, leaving readers without access to newspapers. Newspaper delivery agents have also been unable to service their customers because of multiple restrictions.

In these difficult times, we, at BusinessLine have been working continuously every day so that you are informed about all the developments – whether on the pandemic, on policy responses, or the impact on the world of business and finance. Our team has been working round the clock to keep track of developments so that you – the reader – gets accurate information and actionable insights so that you can protect your jobs, businesses, finances and investments.

We are trying our best to ensure the newspaper reaches your hands every day. We have also ensured that even if your paper is not delivered, you can access BusinessLine in the e-paper format – just as it appears in print. Our website and apps too, are updated every minute, so that you can access the information you want anywhere, anytime.

But all this comes at a heavy cost. As you are aware, the lockdowns have wiped out almost all our entire revenue stream. Sustaining our quality journalism has become extremely challenging. That we have managed so far is thanks to your support. I thank all our subscribers – print and digital – for your support.

I appeal to all or readers to help us navigate these challenging times and help sustain one of the truly independent and credible voices in the world of Indian journalism. Doing so is easy. You can help us enormously simply by subscribing to our digital or e-paper editions. We offer several affordable subscription plans for our website, which includes Portfolio, our investment advisory section that offers rich investment advice from our highly qualified, in-house Research Bureau, the only such team in the Indian newspaper industry.

A little help from you can make a huge difference to the cause of quality journalism!

Support Quality Journalism
This article is closed for comments.
Please Email the Editor
You have read 1 out of 3 free articles for this week. For full access, please subscribe and get unlimited access to all sections.