Holi must be limited to our homes in view of rising cases of Corona: CM

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Holi must be limited due to COVID

Lockdown in Betul, Chhindwara, Ratlam and Khargone on Sunday along with Bhopal, Indore, Jabalpur
Presentation on Corona in front of Cabinet

Bhopal, Mar 24

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that vigilance is must in view of increasing cases of Corona in the state. Therefore, it is necessary to follow the principle of ‘Meri Holi-Mere Ghar’ while limiting the festival of Holi to our homes. Chief Minister Chouhan said that other public events including ger, mela, chal samaroha will be banned in the entire state. Chief Minister Chouhan was addressing the members of the Cabinet on Corona presentation after the Cabinet meeting.

Instructions for lock down issued

Chief Minister Chouhan said that Corona cases are rising in Betul, Chhindwara, Ratlam and Khargone along with Bhopal, Indore, Jabalpur. Hence, lockdown will be imposed n Sunday in these places as well. More than 20 cases are being reported daily in Gwalior, Ujjain, Sagar, Vidisha, Barwani and Burhanpur. In the districts where the number of rising Corona cases per day is more than 20 percent, there the number of people attending marriage ceremonies, funeral processions, uthavana and mrityu bhoj is also being limited. In view of the festivals like Holi, Shab-e-Baaraat, Easter and Eid-ul-Fitr, instructions have been issued by the state government in view of the advice to implement additional local restrictions.

Lockdown will remain effective from 10 am to 6 pm on Monday in Bhopal, Indore, Jabalpur, Betul, Chhindwara, Ratlam and Khargone. Essential commodities, labourers working in industrial units, employees, industrial raw materials, products and transportation of sick people, students visiting airports, railway stations and appearing for examinations will be exempted during the lockdown period.

The treasury and registry offices will be open on March 28 in these cities. Restrictions will not apply on the movement of employees working in these offices and citizens visiting the offices. Teaching in all schools and colleges will be closed till 31 March in these seven cities. All examinations will be held as per pre-determined schedule. These include competitive examinations. There will be no hindrance in the movement of examiners and officers and employees engaged in the work of examination.

Decisions have been taken in public interest

Chief Minister Chouhan said that these decisions have been taken in public interest. Due to the lockdown on March 28 in seven cities, consent will be given to celebrate Holi Dahan and Shab-e-Barat in a symbolic manner. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan instructed to hold a meeting of the Crisis Management Group in all the districts before Holi. The Crisis Management Committee of these districts will be able to decide to ban people from gathering in religious places and to make the period of lockdown from 10 am to 6 am from 8 am to 6 pm. This restriction will not be applicable on chemists, ration and food shops. In districts where the average percentage of weekly positive cases of Covid is less than 20 per day, the the Crisis Management Committee in these districts will be able to decide to postpone the public hearing and determine the number of participants in social events such as weddings, funerals.

Medical Education Minister Vishwas Sarang, Chief Secretary Iqbal Singh Bains, Additional Chief Secretary Health Mohammad Suleman and Additional Chief Secretary Home Rajesh Rajaura were present in the presentation in Mantralaya. Public Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. Prabhuram Chaudhary and Agriculture Minister Kamal Patel also gave their suggestions.

Bhopal has a positivity rate of 15. 95 percent

It was informed in the presentation that, cases have been increasing consistently in 10 cities of the state in the last 7 days. In the last seven days, 317 cases were tested positive in Indore, 299 in Bhopal, 98 in Jabalpur, 38 in Betul, 37 in Ratlam, 36 in Gwalior, 30 in Ujjain, 28 in Sagar, 27 in Khargone, and 25 cases in Chhindwara on an average daily. The positivity rate of Indore for the last seven days has been 8.47 percent, while in Bhopal it has increased to 15.95 percent. Similarly, the positivity rate of Betul was 14.32 percent, Jabalpur 7.46 percent and Khargone 8.19 percent.

All will be vaccinated in three months

Chief Minister Chouhan directed to speed up the process of vaccination, establish isolation wards in all the districts and ensure adequate arrangement of beds. It was told in the presentation that so far 26 lakh 90 thousand 646 persons have been vaccinated in the state. On March 20, 3 lakh 57 thousand 500 persons were vaccinated in one day. Arrangements are being ensured for vaccination of 3 lakh persons daily in the state. Vaccination sessions will be held four days a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. All the targeted groups will be vaccinated in the next 3 months.

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