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Telangana extends lockdown till May 7, bans Swiggy, Zomato to operate ‘until further orders’

Telangana chief minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao has banned operations of food delivery platforms including Swiggy and Zomato "until further orders", while allowing online grocery delivery platforms, such as BigBasket, to operate. Rao made these announcements at a press conference where he extended the lockdown till May 7. There are 844 COVID-19 positive cases in Telangana, and 18 people have died so far, according to the Union Health Ministry. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=3397&v=jFq8R3vs2b8&feature=emb_logo Telangana is the first state to both extend the lockdown longer than the nationwide lockdown until May 3, and also the first state to disallow online food delivery platforms to operate despite them being considered as “essential services” and allowed to operate during the lockdown by the central government. We have reached out to Swiggy and Zomato for comment. The decision to suspend operations of food delivery platforms in the state was taken after a…

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