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Hyderabad: The Telangana government on Tuesday extended the ongoinglockdownto contain the spread of COVID-19 by another 10 days with relaxations from 6 AM to 6 PM every day.

The present lockdown will end on June 9.

Bordering areas such as Khammam, Nalgonda and Nagarjuna Sagar among others, will continue to have relaxation up to 2 PM only, given the intensity of the number of cases daily, an official release said.

"The state cabinet has decided to extend the lockdown in the Telangana for another ten days.

The cabinet also decided to give relaxation from 6 am to 5 PM during the lock down and give one-hour grace period till 6 PM for people to reach home," it said.

The cabinet instructed the police to enforce the lockdown rules strictly from 6 PM till 6 AM next day, it said.

Presently the lockdown is being relaxed everyday from 6 Am to 1 PM and a grace period of one hour, up to 2 PM, for thepeople to reach homes.

The Cabinet also decided to immediately issue ration cards to nearly 4.50 lakh eligible people who have already applied for them.

COVID-19: Telangana logs 1,897 new cases, 15 deaths

Telangana on Tuesday recorded 1,897 new COVID-19 cases, pushing the tally to 5,95,000, while the toll rose to 3,409 with 15 more deaths, as 2,982 people recovered from the disease.

The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 182 followed by Khammam (163) and Nalgonda (151) districts, a state government bulletin said, providing information as of 5.30 PM on Tuesday.

The number of recovered cases continued to outnumber fresh infections with 2,982 people recovering from the infectious disease on Tuesday, taking the cumulative number of recoveries to 5,67,285.

The number of active cases now stood at 24,306, the bulletin said.

It said 1,33,134 samples were tested today and the total number of samples tested till date was 1,61,27,372.

The samples tested per million population were 4,33,298.

The case fatality and recovery rates in the state were 0.57 per cent and 95.34 per cent, respectively.

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