A Ten-day lockdown began in the State of Telangana at 10 am on Wednesday to contain COVID-19 cases in the state.
The lockdown will be enforced from 10 am to 6 am every day for 10 days. A four-hour relaxation from 6 am to 10 am has been given.
With the lockdown, all the roads, bus stands, Metro stations in Hyderabad became barren. Police pickets were set up at the main junctions to monitor the situation. Business complexes across the state were closed. Cinema halls, clubs, gyms, swimming pools, amusement parks, and sports stadium remained closed due to lockdown.
Long queues were seen before business establishments, petrol pumps, wine shops since morning to purchase their essentials.
Police said they would give a slight grace period to some of the public due to the lack of awareness as it was the first day and then strictly implement lockdown.
The lockdown decision was taken at a meeting of the Cabinet presided by Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Tuesday keeping in view the huge surge in Covid-19 cases in the state.
According to the release, the 20-hour lockdown will be reviewed on May 20 when the cabinet will meet again to discuss the possibilities of extension.