In a bid to control the spread of COVID-19, the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government in Madhya Pradesh has decided to impose a lockdown in urban areas of the state. The lockdown will be implemented from 6 pm on Friday to 6 am on Monday.
Notably, COVID-19 cases and deaths have increased significantly in Madhya Pradesh that has left the government with no option but to take concrete steps.
Apart from the weekend lockdown, the chief minister said that appropriate action will be taken after a meeting for cities that are witnessing a surge in COVID-19 cases. Chouhan said, “For cities where cases have increased, appropriate action will be taken after meeting of crisis management group. We are making containment areas in big cities.”
The chief minister’s office also urged people to comply with COVID-appropriate behaviour. It tweeted, “In view of the pandemic, use face masks, maintain social distancing and sanitise hands frequently… Not getting infected with coronavirus is the biggest service of the state today.”
COVID-19 explosion in Madhya Pradesh
The state has registered 4,043 cases of the virus in the past 24 hours that has taken its total case tally to 3.18 lakh. There are 26,059 active cases of the virus as of Thursday and the count is increasing gradually with each passing day.
Thirteen deaths have taken place in Madhya Pradesh in the past 24 hours that has pushed the state’s death toll to 4,086. Over 2.87 lakh people have recovered from the viral infection in the state.
India COVID-19 status
As far as India is concerned, the health ministry on Thursday informed that over 1.26 lakh fresh cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the country in the past 24 hours. The addition of the fresh cases has taken the COVID-19 case tally past 1.29 crore.
It is the highest single-day surge in COVID-19 cases in India since the pandemic began in March 2020.
The ministry also informed that over 9.01 crore COVID-19 jabs have been administered so far. Of it, over 29 lakh people were vaccinated on Wednesday.
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