Weekend lockdown in a number of Indian states amid speedy surge in COVID instances


New Delhi/Nagpur/Kolkata, July 25

More high-risk areas have been introduced underneath lockdown on Saturday for various intervals, together with weekends, by states in a bid to verify the speedy rise in COVID-19 instances in India.

Over a dozen states have to this point opted for such selective lockdown citing the necessity to revive financial actions and on the identical time cut back the chance of unfold of an infection, although Bihar and Manipur have imposed a state-wide shutdown from July 16 and July 23, respectively.

In Madhya Pradesh, the place Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan examined constructive for coronavirus and was admitted to a hospital, a 10-day lockdown has been imposed in state capital Bhopal after a spike in instances. The state has been observing complete shutdown on Sundays.

A whole lockdown until Monday morning was imposed in Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu, which too has been implementing shutdown each Sunday.

Tamil Nadu on Saturday breached the grim milestone of two lakh coronavirus instances with the largest day by day spike of 6,988 recent infections, pushing the tally to 2,06,737, in accordance with state officers.

While Uttar Pradesh noticed one other weekend lockdown, related curbs have been imposed for the second time this month in Uttarakhand’s 4 districts—Dehradun, Haridwar, Nainital and Udham Singh Nagar districts—which have reported 1,348 instances since July 18.

All outlets have been shut and transport suspended in West Bengal as a part of the twice-a-week lockdown within the state.

Jammu went right into a 60-hour lockdown from Friday 6 pm, whereas a six-day full lockdown has been imposed throughout the Kashmir Valley besides Bandipora since Thursday.

In its most up-to-date replace, the union well being ministry positioned the whole variety of instances at 13,36,861 and the loss of life toll at 31,358. Nearly 11.four lakh instances have been reported in June-July alone when lockdown restrictions have been eased.

In worst-affected Maharashtra, the place over 3.5 lakh instances have been recorded, civic authorities of Nagpur metropolis introduced a voluntary ‘janata curfew’ on Saturday and Sunday, when solely important companies will stay useful.

The step has been taken to convey public consciousness about behavioural change in the direction of COVID-19 guidelines, but when these guidelines usually are not adopted, then a strict curfew might be imposed within the metropolis, Nagpur municipal commissioner Tukaram Mundhe warned.

Chief Minster Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday mentioned that he was not in favour of full lifting of the coronavirus-induced curbs within the state solely to deal with the financial issues.

Maharashtra too had imposed strict shutdown for various intervals in areas with excessive incidence of coronavirus an infection together with Pune.

“I will never say that the lockdown will be lifted completely. But I have started reopening a few things gradually. Once reopened, it shouldn’t be shut again. Hence, I prefer taking steps in phases. You can’t just think about economy or health. There needs to be a balance between the two,” he mentioned in an interview to Shiv Sena mouthpiece ‘Saamana’.

From June onwards, the federal government had began lifting the restrictions in phase-wise method underneath its ‘Mission Begin Again’ initiative.

A whole lockdown was imposed in Nagaland capital Kohima until July 31, whereas it is going to come into impact in Dimapur from Sunday until August 2. 

The Meghalaya authorities too has introduced an entire lockdown in Shillong agglomeration from July 26 to July 29.

In Chhattisgarh, a seven-day lockdown has been enforced from Wednesday in municipal limits of Raipur and Birgaon, in addition to 20 different city our bodies.

Normal life got here to a grinding halt in West Bengal on Saturday as outlets have been shut and all modes of transport went off the roads as a part of the state authorities’s plan to clamp restrictions two days per week. The same lockdown will happen place subsequent Wednesday.

More than 3,800 folks have been arrested for flouting lockdown pointers on Thursday when it was first imposed.

Flight operations on the Kolkata airport have been additionally suspended through the lockdown. Police patrolled all main site visitors intersections within the metropolis to maintain a verify on folks popping out on the streets. Barricades have been additionally put up in numerous components of the state to cease folks from popping out of their properties, officers mentioned.

West Bengal has to this point registered 53,973 COVID-19 instances and 1,290 deaths until Friday.

Odisha had ordered an entire 14-day lockdown in 5 districts of Ganjam, Khordha, Cuttack, Jajpur and Rourkela districts from July 17.

According to the Union Health Ministry knowledge up to date on Saturday morning, Delhi has reported 1,28,389 instances, Karnataka 85,870, Andhra Pradesh 80,858, Uttar Pradesh 60,771, West Bengal 53,973, and Gujarat 53,545 instances.

Karnataka has been implementing a Sunday shutdown this month.  Every week-long lockdown in Bengaluru had ended on July 22.

The variety of COVID-19 instances has gone as much as 52,466 in Telangana, 34,178 in Rajasthan, 33,926 in Bihar, 29,755 in Haryana, 29,921 in Assam and 26,210 in Madhya Pradesh.

Odisha has reported 22,693 infections, Jammu and Kashmir 16,782, Kerala 16,995, and Punjab 12,216.

India’s first case of coronavirus was reported on January 30, and on March 25 the nation was put underneath a 21-day full lockdown, which was then prolonged periodically. — PTI



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