Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 14 announced that the nationwide lockdown to combat the spread of coronavirus will continue till May 3. However, there are possibilities that it would continue beyond that in some cities of Madhya Pradesh. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan indicated this while talking to a news channel.
The chief minister said that half of the state is free from coronavirus infection and new cases have been reported from districts of Morena, Chhindwara, Gwalior, Vidisha, etc. However, there are some districts where coronavirus positive cases are still being reported but the situation is under control. According to a news report, Chouhan said that coronavirus spread in Bhopal because of Jamati as many of them were find positive.
Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that there are some cities where lockdown is expected to continue even after May 3.
The cities in Madhya Pradesh where lockdown can be extended are – Indore, Bhopal, Ujjain, Khargone, etc. Quoting Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Jaan hai to jahaan hai’ statement, Chouhan said that this is their priority too. Relaxation will be given in areas where there are no new COVID-19 cases and he reviewed the preparation for today.
Meanwhile, more people have been tested positive for the coronavirus in the state. Indore has the highest number of cases with around 1,000 COVID-19 patients.
On April 20, the government had constituted six IMCTs and one them will visit Madhya Pradesh. Each six-member team comprises a senior public health specialist and a National Disaster Management Authority (NMDA) official. It has been constituted in exercise of powers conferred under the Disaster Management Act 2005.