COVID -19 Siren sounds in Telangana Spread outside Hyderabad

Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) limits, which cover the core city and suburbs, witnessed a massive surge in Coronavirus cases after the easing of lockdown norms in May. Last month, there was a big spike. The daily jump in cases touched almost 2,000 early this month. For instance, on July 8, the state reported 1,924 positive cases. Of these nearly 83 percent were reported in GHMC. In the second week of the month, the number of overall cases came down by a few hundred but a new trend was visible as the number of new cases in GHMC came down while more new infections were reported from districts.

The state has 33 districts including Hyderabad. While Rangareddy, Medchal, and Sangereddy districts bordering GHMC have also been witnessing the surge since early June, the daily case count in most of the other districts was in single digit. However, from July 9 more cases were reported from districts across all regions in the state. The surge was seen in towns like Warangal, Karimnagar, Khammam, and Nizamabad. The rural areas too started reporting a large number of cases.

Officials attribute this to the increased movement of people from GHMC to the districts. "People carried the virus from Hyderabad to other towns and villages," an official said. While GHMC continues to record the largest number of cases, its share in the new infections has been on the decline for the last two weeks. On Friday, the state reported 1,567 positive cases with Hyderabad accounting for 662 cases (39.69 percent). The day also saw the state's tally crossing 50,000