New Delhi: Madhya Pradesh has imposed a lockdown for all the urban areas from 6 pm tomorrow to 6 am on Monday in a bid to curb the high rise in coronavirus cases in the state. The decision came after a meeting chaired by chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
"For cities where cases have increased, appropriate action will be taken after meeting of crisis management group. We are making containment areas in big cities," news agency ANI reported Mr Chouhan as saying.
"In view of the pandemic, use face masks, maintain social distancing and sanitise hands frequently... Not getting infected with coronavirus is the biggest service of the state today," the Chief Minister's Office tweeted in Hindi.
The need for the weekend-long curfew came into light after the fresh infections in the state continued to rise sharply with the state reporting over 4,000 cases in the last 24 hours taking the total tally to over 3.18 lakh.
With 866 new cases on Wednesday, Indore's tally went up to 74,895 while that of Bhopal rose to 55,255 with the addition of 618 cases. Indore now has 6,281 active cases while Bhopal has 4,681. Over 4,000 people have died in the state due to the deadly disease while nearly 2.88 lakh have recovered.
For the past four weeks, India has been witnessing the worst surge of coronavirus cases. The active cases in the country have rose to 9,00,000 in comparison to February's 1,00,000 in just few weeks. On top of that, India has reported over 1 lakh cases thrice in past one week, which is biggest daily spike in any country across the world at the moment.
There have been numeours calls from state governments to Centre to expand coronavirus vaccination drive and allow all adults to take the vaccine jabs. While the Centre has rejected the idea, many ministers as well as medical bodies have written to the Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan Singh to contemplate on the same.
India is currently inoculating people above the age of 45.