Two days after Telangana stopped issuing a daily media bulletin on the Covid-19 situation, the Telangana High court on Thursday directed the state government to resume it to provide information to people on a daily basis.
Chief Justice HimaKohli and Justice B. Vijaysen Reddy asked the government to resume releasing information within 24 hours.
The authorities were asked to update all information regarding number of cases, recoveries, tests and vaccinations on the Health Department, observing that providing information to people is important, especially when the cases are rising in some states which led to fears of the second wave of the pandemic.
It referred to increase in number of cases in neighbouring Maharashtra and Karnataka.
The government submitted a report to the court about the tests conducted since January 25. According to the report, 1,03,737 RTPCR tests were conducted from January 25 to February 12, and the number tests during the same period was 4,83,266.
Meanwhile, Director of Public Health, Dr G.Srinavasa Rao said 22,850 healthcare workers were given second dose of the Covid vaccine on Thursday. With this, the cumulative number of healthcare workers administered second dose increased to 1,31,391.
Out of 3,31,097 healthcare workers targetted for first date, 1,95,850 took the vaccine. The authorities had also targetted to vaccine 2,57,239 frontline workers and of them 93,677 have so far received the first dose.
The director said mop-up sessions for the first dose of healthcare and frontline workers will be conducted across the state till February 28 while mop up sessions for the second dose for health care workers will be conducted till February 28.
By Aishwarya Choudhury