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Telangana BJP demands details of Covid-19 test numbers

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By NS Desk 13-Apr-2020

Hyderabad, April 13 (IANS) Amid the rising number of Covid-19 cases in Telangana, the BJP is targeting the ruling TRS government over its presentation of Covid-19 tests in the state.

Accusing the state government of being evasive on the matter, the BJP's chief spokesperson for Telangana, Krishna Sagar Rao, demanded the details of the number of tests conducted every day.

BJP believes the state government is not testing enough and is trying to be evasive on the matter. The BJP demanded the release of test numbers in the daily health bulletin being released by the state government.

Krishna Sagar Rao said on Monday that the state government is not heeding the advisory issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) and ICMR "to test extensively, contact traces and isolate to ensure arrest of transmission of coronavirus in the community."

He also questioned the proclamations made by state minister Kalvakuntla Taraka Rama Rao, popularly known as KTR, on television channels calling for plasma therapy in Telangana without having adequate testing facilities in place.

"KTR has to explain how he wishes to undertake plasma therapy without having antibody testing in Telangana. His statements are rhetoric hyperbole and not factual. Testing is very less in Telangana which is leading to the state's inability to assess the cause of deaths in the state. Many Covid-19 cases and deaths are seemingly going unreported," the BJP spokesperson said.

He urged the Chief Minister to follow the guidelines issued by the Central government and WHO to counter the spread of Covid-19 in Telangana.

Over the past few weeks, Telangana has reported a large number of Covid-19 cases. On Sunday, the state's tally stood at 531 confirmed cases, while 16 people have died so far. A majority of the cases in the state are of people who visited the Tablighi Jamaat congregation in Delhi between March 15 and 17.

--IANS

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