Nitish Kumar-led Bihar Government has decided to reimpose lockdown in Patna from July 10 to July 16. This decision has been taken in the view of the increasing number of coronavirus cases in the state.
The District Magistrate of Patna on Wednesday, July 8 issued an order of a complete lockdown in the city. As per the order, all offices, institutions, markets, etc. will remain closed and only emergency services will remain operational during this lockdown.
However, the order gives an exception to “Defence, central armed police forces, treasury, public utilities (including petroleum, CNG, LPG, PNG), disaster management, power generation and transmission units, post offices, National Informatics Centre, Early warning Agencies.
Meanwhile, the state government has modified its home quarantine guidelines. On Tuesday, the Bihar government issued a notification which said that the COVID-19 infected patients can stay under home isolation if they have enough space to follow the quarantine norms. As of now, only doctors and other health officials found COVID-19 positive can avail of this option in the state.
In Bihar, the number of Corona cases is rising rapidly. With 385 fresh cases, the total number of cases has risen to 12,525. Maximum 1,407 cases were reported from Patna followed by 528 in Begusarai and 511 in Muzaffarpur. 9,338 patients have recovered so far, while 3088 patients are undergoing treatment at various hospitals.
The recovery rate in the state is now 75 percent. 98 people have died due to COVID 19 in the state. 60 officials associated with Chief Minister’s residence have been found positive for Corona. Two MLAs had also tested positive in the state.