Madhya Pradesh orders 60-hour weekend lockdown in urban areas

Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Thursday introduced a 60-hour weekend lockdown within the city areas of the state within the wake of rising every day instances of the coronavirus illness (Covid-19). The lockdown, Chouhan introduced, will likely be in impact from 6pm on Friday to 6am on Monday.

“I chaired a high-level overview assembly over Covid-19. In all city areas of Madhya Pradesh, a lockdown will likely be in impact from 6pm on Friday until 6am on Monday. Different areas the place instances are rising, the disaster administration group will resolve an applicable plan of action. We will even give you containment areas in main cities. Disaster administration group will maintain a gathering later within the day to resolve on what to do in areas the place the viral caseload is excessive,” the chief minister stated in an interplay with the media.

“Although it has by no means been my intention to impose a lockdown, we face an unprecedented disaster,” Chouhan additional stated. He, nevertheless, didn’t announce whether or not the weekend lockdown is just for now or if it will likely be in impact until additional orders.

Thursday’s announcement by Chouhan comes on a day all city areas in Madhya Pradesh will witness a every day evening curfew until additional orders, as directed by the state authorities on Wednesday. In response to the federal government’s order, an evening curfew will likely be in impact from 10pm on a day until 6am the subsequent day. It additionally introduced that every one authorities places of work will function 5 days per week, from Monday to Friday, for the subsequent three months. Moreover, all the district of Chhindwara will enter a lockdown from 8pm on Thursday for the subsequent seven days.

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In the previous couple of days, the Madhya Pradesh authorities has introduced a number of measures to curb the unfold of the pandemic, together with suspending bus providers with the neighbouring state of Chhattisgarh until April 15.

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On Wednesday, the state’s Covid-19 tally rose to 318,014 with the addition of 4,043 new instances, in line with the well being division. The associated loss of life toll, in the meantime, is at 4,086 as 13 extra individuals succumbed to the viral illness. Lively instances are at 26,059, whereas 287,860 individuals have recovered up to now.

Indore, the most important metropolis in Madhya Pradesh, can also be the worst-hit, and noticed its caseload rise to 74,895 with 866 new instances. Bhopal, the state capital, is subsequent, with an an infection tally of 55,215, a rise of 618 infections. Indore has seen 981 deaths up to now whereas Bhopal has recorded 641 fatalities.

(With company inputs)

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