New Delhi: Before Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a 21-day nationwide lockdown on Tuesday evening, he had expressed his anguish that people were not taking the ‘stay at home’ order seriously. Soon after, the PM announced the pan India lockdown, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao warned people that shoot-at-sight orders will be issued if people still come out of their house. Also Read - Coronavirus in India Updates: Govt Temporarily Suspends Collection at Toll Plazas Across India
“If people don’t listen to the police, then I will ask for army deployment and shoot-at-sight orders will be issued,” the CM said asking all MLAs to remain available. Also Read - Coronavirus Lockdown: Jio Launches 'Work From Home' Plan, Airtel Assures Seamless Connectivity
“In US, the Army had to be called in to enforce lockdown. If people don’t follow Coronavirus Lockdown, a situation may arise where we’ll have to impose 24-hour curfew and issue shoot-at-sight orders. I urge people not to let such a situation arise,” he said. Also Read - Coronavirus: 21-day Nationwide Lockdown Announced, Total Cases Now 536 | Top Developments
Hyderabad being home to an international airport, it was under the high-risk zone from the beginning. During the one-day Janta Curfew, there was no such imposition but with the number of cases skyrocketing, the states are tightening the noose. The Tamil Nadu government, too, has warned of strict action, including blocking of passports, against those individuals who have recently returned from abroad and continue to go out instead of adopting self-quarantine measures.
Health Minister C Vijaya Baskar said 15,298 people have gone abroad recently and their details have been sent to all district collectors and district superintendents of police.
“These people are being monitored. We are pasting home quarantine stickers in the houses of the respective individuals and have also appointed home guards,” he told reporters here.
The state has reported 18 coronavirus cases so far, the minister said. On Wednesday morning, the state reported its first death from coronavirus.