Covid-19: 1-day lockdown in Bhopal, Indore and Jabalpur on March 21
Amid the rising cases of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), the Madhya Pradesh government on Friday announced a one-day lockdown in three cities - Indore, Bhopal and Jabalpur - on March 21. The decision was taken in a review meeting chaired by chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. It was also decided that all schools and colleges in these three cities will remain closed till March 31.
These three cities have been chosen because the positivity rate is more than 5 per cent here, a home department official said.
Indore and Bhopal have been under night curfew since March 15 (which is in place from 10pm to 6am). Only essential services - ration shops and eateries - are allowed to function during this period. Authorities ordered the closure of shops and establishments in Jabalpur, Ujjain, Ratlam, Chhindwara and other regions from 10 pm to 6am.
The state on Friday logged its highest single-day spike of the year 2021 with 1,140 new Covid-19 disease cases and seven related fatalities, taking the caseload and death toll to 2,73,097 and 3,901 respectively. Friday’s figures have also been the highest since late December last year. Indore added the most number of cases (309) followed by Bhopal (272), an official told PTI adding that one death each was recorded from Bhopal, Gwalior, Ujjain, Chhindwara, Khandwa, Shajapur and Umaria. A total of 2,62,587 recoveries have been recorded in the state so far and more than 60.92 lakh people have been tested, he said.
The Madhya Pradesh government on Thursday banned movement of all passenger buses to and from Maharashtra - the worst-hit state - due to the massive spike in the cases there. It has also made it compulsory for all air travellers from Maharashtra to produce a negative RT-PCR test report upon their arrival in Indore and Madhya Pradesh.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra saw another single day spike of 25,681 fresh cases and 70 more related fatalities on Friday. This is the second consecutive day that cases breached the 25,000-mark.