The Bihar government on Tuesday announced a complete lockdown in the state starting Thursday to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi announced the same. He said there will be a total lockdown in Bihar from July 16-31 to contain the spread of COVID-19.
On his official Twitter handle, Modi added the 15-day lockdown will remain in force at all municipal, district, sub-divisional and block headquarters level and that guidelines were being prepared.
बिहार सरकार ने 16 से 31 जुलाई तक लॉकडाउन का निर्णय लिया है। सभी नगर निकाय, जिला मुख्यालय, अनुमंडल और प्रखंड मुख्यालय 15 दिनों के लिए लॉकडाउन रहेगा। इसका गाइडलाइन बन रहा है। कोराना का न कोई दवा या टीका है। हम सभी को चेहरे पर मास्क,तौलिया या रूमाल लगाना सुनिश्चित करना होगा।
— Sushil Kumar Modi (@SushilModi) July 14, 2020
“The government has taken a decision to this effect… Corona has neither any vaccine nor any medicine,” Modi said in a virtual rally, details of which were shared on his Twitter handle.
The move comes close on the heels of the recent spike in positive cases that had necessitated lockdowns, imposed by the local administrations, in several districts.
Notably, there are 17,959 cases of the virus reported from the state. Of these, 5,482 are active cases, whereas 12,317 people have been cured and discharged. Bihar has reported 160 fatalities because of COVID-19 so far.
Meanwhile, the total COVID-19 case count in the country has already surpassed the 9 lakh-mark and 23,727 people have succumbed to the viral infection.