Lockdown for 60 hours in all cities in Madhya Pradesh from 6 pm Friday to 6 am Monday
On Thursday, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan announced that from this week onward, there will now be a two-day lockdown, on both Saturday and Sunday in all cities in Madhya Pradesh. Chauhan said that this lockdown will be imposed for a total of 60 hours from 6 pm Friday to 6 am Monday. This decision will be applicable in all the big cities.
Initially, a one-day Sunday lockdown was in force in 13 MP cities, including Indore, Bhopal, Gwalior, Jabalpur, Khargone, Betul, Chhindwara, Ratlam, Vidisha, Ujjain, Gwalior, Narsinghpur, and Sausar. And just a day earlier, a night curfew was announced in all cities of Madhya Pradesh.
But on Wednesday, after a record high of 4043 corona patients tested positive in 24 hours, the government announced the Saturday-Sunday lockdown which will be applicable to all cities and districts in MP.
While announcing the lockdown, Chauhan said that his intention is not to impose a complete lockdown and disrupt the work and economy of the people in MP. This 2-day lockdown will be for 60 hours from 6 pm Friday evening to 6 am Monday morning.
He said, “There will be a lockdown in all urban areas of the entire Madhya Pradesh from 6 pm on Friday till 6 am on Monday. We are also setting up containment zones in big cities. My intention has never been to impose a complete lockdown.”
On April 7, the number of active cases in the state had exceeded 27,000 which is a lot more than the total active case during the first wave.
During this lockdown, all government offices will be open only 5 days a week for the next 3 months, from 10 am to 6 pm. On Saturdays and Sundays, offices will stay closed. The daily night curfew from 10 pm to 6 am will stay in place in all urban cities of the state till further announcement.
A total lockdown has been imposed in the Chhindwara district for 7 days, from 8 pm today.
On Wednesday evening, an emergency meeting was held to discuss how to stop this second wave, where this decision was taken. It was also decided in the meeting that city collectors can issue lockdown in their respective areas on Sunday as well as on Saturday with the consent of the Crisis Management Group.
Containment zones will also be created in the more infected cities of the state where a lockdown of 7 to 10 days can be imposed.
In the last 24 hours, there have been 4,043 positive corona cases taking the infections tally in the state to 3,18,014. The death toll has also risen to 4086. A total of 2,126 patients have also been discharged in the past 24 hours, taking the recovery count in Madhya Pradesh to 2,87,869.
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