With the COVID-19 situation in Bihar aggravating with each passing day, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has announced a lockdown in the state until May 15. The decision was taken by Kumar after thorough consultation with officials and ministers.
The chief minister took to Twitter to announce the same. He said, “After a meeting with ministers and officials, it has been decided to impose a lockdown in Bihar until May 15. Detailed guidelines and relaxations will be formulated by the crisis management group.”
COVID-19 situation in Bihar
According to the data compiled by the Union health ministry, 11,407 fresh cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Bihar on Monday. The addition of the fresh cases has taken the state’s COVID tally past the 5 lakh-mark.
Notably, the state has over 1.07 lakh active cases of the virus—a figure too high for the rickety health infrastructure in the state, especially in semi-urban and rural areas. Over 3.98 lakh people have recovered from the viral infection so far.
Over 2,821 people have succumbed to the viral infection in the state. Of it, 82 people died in the last 24 hours. Out of 82 new deaths, Patna accounted for 24 casualties while Muzaffarpur reported 13 fatalities, Madhepura reported 6 deaths and West Champaran reported 5 deaths.
Tejashwi Yadav criticises Nitish Kumar
Bihar Opposition leader, RJD’s Tejashwi Yadav has hit out at Nitish Kumar saying the JDU leader failed to enforce the lockdown earlier as he was waiting for orders from others.
“For 15 days, the entire opposition had been demanding a lockdown, but the ‘Chhote Sahab’ was following the orders of ‘Bade Sahab’ that there can’t be a lockdown till May 2. Now when the infection has engulfed village after village, they have started this pretension. Come out of the low-level gimmick and politics in this crisis,” said Tejashwi in a tweet.
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