Night curfew in Bhopal and Indore from March 17

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Night curfew in Bhopal and Indore

Chief Minister Chouhan reviews Corona situation

Bhopal, Mar 16

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that necessary arrangements will be made with strictness in districts where there is a rise in positive cases of Corona. Important decisions are being taken to protect the people of the state from infection. Once the positive case numbers in the districts start declining, they will be given respite. Positive cases of Corona have increased this week in some urban areas of the state. In view of this, orders have been issued to impose night curfew in Indore, Bhopal from the night of March 17.

Chief Minister Chouhan was reviewing the situation of Corona in the state at Mantralaya today.

Chief Minister Chouhan said that we do not have to take the state towards lockdown. For this, there is a need for people to remain vigilant against infection and to take necessary precautions. Chief Secretary Iqbal Singh Bains and Director General of Police Vivek Johri were present in the meeting.

Open jail and fine for not wearing mask

Chief Minister Chouhan said that a system of open jail and fine for not wearing mask will be implemented in districts where Corona cases are on rise. Under open jail, there is provision to restrict movement of a person for not wearing mask.

Chief Minister Chouhan said that it is necessary that Corona control is maintained after the precautions being taken since last one year. At present, the situation is worrisome because the positive cases have increased due to greater participation in large ceremonies and celebrations and negligence in following the precautions against Corona.

No community programmes will be allowed on Holi, Rangpanchami

Chief Minister Chouhan said that fairs, festivities etc. held on the upcoming Holi and Rangpanchami festivals will not be allowed in districts where cases of Corona have mounted. Control over collective participation is must. Personal programmes will however not be stopped anywhere. Processions etc. will not be allowed. Large events will not be allowed to take place in open spaces.

Special caution in 10 districts

Chief Minister Chouhan said that there will be a system to close the market at 10 pm in 10 districts. This is necessary for control on infection. These districts include Bhopal, Indore, Jabalpur, Gwalior, Ujjain, Ratlam, Chhindwara, Burhanpur, Betul and Khargone. Chief Minister Chouhan also sought information about the status of Corona after holding discussion with the officers in-charge of the districts.

Screening of those coming from Maharashtra will continue

It was decided in the meeting that the thermal screening of persons coming from Maharashtra will continue. Such passengers will also have to stay in home isolation for a week.

Additional Chief Secretary Health Mohammad Suleman said that Madhya Pradesh has a share of 2.6 in positive cases found in the country at present. Among the major states with highest number of Corona positive cases, Maharashtra has the highest 60 percent, Kerala 8.5 percent, Karnataka 3.5 percent and Tamil Nadu and Gujarat with 3 percent each. It was told in the meeting that around 400 cases used to come up in Indore, Bhopal in the state till last week. This week their number has doubled. The state’s positivity rate is 4.3 percent. The positivity rate has reached 9 percent in Bhopal and Indore.

Today 233 cases have been reported in Indore and 196 in Bhopal. The positivity rate has increased in about 10 districts of the state. Processions, fairs etc. will not be allowed in these districts. Also no open space programmes will be held. There will be a ban on big events. If districts with rising cases are divided into three categories, more than 50 cases are coming up in Indore, Bhopal alone. The districts with cases between 20 to 50 include Jabalpur, Gwalior, Ujjain, Ratlam, Burhanpur and Chhindwara. The districts where less than 20 cases are coming up include Khandwa, Sagar, Shajapur, Betul, Sidhi and Khargone.

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