Police in Hyderabad have arrested nine people for violating the Covid-19 lockdown guidelines. The arrested, and many others, were reportedly celebrating at a birthday party with sword and knife, and without masks or any other pandemic protocol.

Visuals of the party, which was organized in Habeeb Nagar Police Station limits of Hyderabad on Wednesday, went viral on social media, leading to police booking a case under the Arms Act and 188, 269, 51(b) Disaster Management Act, Epidemic Act and violation of Covid-19 guidelines.

At least five people were seen with either a sword or a knife and none of them had put a mask on their faces.
Reportedly, the police seized the swords and daggers, while taking in custody the nine responsible for arranging the birthday party out on the road.

Meanwhile, Telangana on Wednesday reported 1,813 new Covid-19 cases, taking the state’s total tally to 5,96,813. The total number of deaths rose to 3,426 after 17 new fatalities were reported.
Khammam district accounted for the most number of cases with 180, followed by the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (179) and Nalgonda (145), a state government bulletin said.

It said 1,801 people recovered from the infectious disease on Wednesday, taking the cumulative number of recoveries to 5,69,086. The number of active cases was 24,301. The bulletin said 1,29,896 samples were tested on Wednesday and the total number of samples tested till date was 1,62,57,268. The samples tested per million population were 4,36,788.

The case fatality and recovery rates were at 0.57 per cent and 95.35 per cent, respectively.
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