• Kushal Kumar Jha

COVID-19: Night Curfew imposed in 5 districts of Madhya Pradesh from 21st Nov until further orders

No lockdown to be imposed in the state

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Friday announced that night curfew is to be imposed from 21st November in 5 districts of the state, namely, Indore, Bhopal, Gwalior, Vidisha, and Ratlam districts. The move is aimed at containing the rise in COVID-19 cases in the State. The curfew will take effect between 10 PM and 6 AM. Although, People engaged in essential services, including factory workers will remain exempted from the curfew. The night curfew will remain in effect until the next order from the government regarding the same. MP has reported 1,528 new COVID-19 cases and 9 cases of deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the State's Health Department. The state so far had a total of 1,89,546 cases reported, out of which, 1,76,006 cases have been recovered. A total of 3,138 people have lost their lives in the state due to the highly contagious virus.  In the bid to contain the rising number of COVID-19 cases, MP Government has taken the following decisions: 1. Lockdown will not be imposed in any districts except containment zones. 2. Inter-state and inter-district transportation will remain uninterrupted. 3. In Indore, Bhopal, Gwalior, Ratlam, Vidisha districts, all shops will remain closed between 10:00 PM and 6:00 AM till the next order. 4. There will be no restriction on the movement of industrial labourers and the transportation of trucks. 5. Schools for classes 1st to 8th will remain closed until 31st December, whereas the students of 9th to 12th standards and college students will be allowed to attend their respective classes, as per the guidelines issued. 6. The use of face masks in all public places remains compulsory. 7. The District Crisis Management Committees will also organise meetings in all districts of the state on 21st and 22nd November. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has rejected claims that the state government is mulling to impose lockdown again in the view of the rising COVID-19 infections in the state. Chouhan cleared the air surrounding all speculations and said, "No lockdown to be imposed in the state." According to the State's health department, around 31,371 samples were tested in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of tests to 34.36 lakh.

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