Madhya Pradesh has imposed a complete lockdown in the city of Bhopal, Indore and Jabalpur amid the massive surge in daily coronavirus cases.
The State government announced on Sunday (March 21) that a COVID-19 lockdown will be imposed every Sunday in Indore, Bhopal and Jabalpur until further orders.
According to the release, the lockdown has been imposed in the above-mentioned three cities from 10 pm on Saturday to 6 am on Monday. The MP government also said on Friday that during this, schools and colleges in the city will also remain closed till March 31.
Madhya Pradesh: One-day lockdown imposed in Jabalpur, due to COVID19 surge
— India Ahead News (@IndiaAheadNews) March 21, 2021
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan also took to Twitter and urged everyone to follow all coronavirus norms in order to curb the massive surge of COVID-19 cases in the state.
कोरोना इंदौर, भोपाल, जबलपुर में बढ़ रहा है। इसलिए इन शहरों में रविवार अर्थात शनिवार रात 10 बजे से सोमवार सुबह 6 बजे तक लॉकडाउन रहेगा।
— Shivraj Singh Chouhan (@ChouhanShivraj) March 20, 2021
MP is currently home to 7,344 active COVID-19 cases, with the state reporting 2,74,405 cases till March 21. India on Sunday (March 21) reported 43,846 new COVID cases according to the statistics from the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The new cases reported are 2,893 more COVID-19 cases, reported just a day earlier.
The Ministry also added that 22,956 people recovered and 197 people succumbed to the virus in the past 24 hours. A total of 23,35,65,119 samples were tested till March 21, 2021, since the start of the pandemic with 11,33,602 samples being tested on Saturday alone.
With this, the total number of cases has risen to 1,15,99,130 while total recoveries stand at 1,11,30,288. India has reported 1,59,755 deaths till now while the active caseload currently is 3,09,087. India has witnessed a sudden rise in cases after reporting low figures in the past months.
In the list of most-effected sates in the country due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Maharashtra (with 1,92,294 active cases), Kerala, and Karnataka are leading the way. Owing to the recent surge in India, Maharashtra government has ordered lockdown measures in several areas across the state.Meanwhile, vaccination figures in India stand at 4,46,03,841 as the second phase of vaccination is ongoing across the nation.