Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday (4 May) announced a total lockout in the state by 15 May to prevent the spread of coronavirus COVID-19 cases in the state. CM Nitish said in a tweet that he has taken the decision after consultations with the cabinet minister and other senior officials. He said that the crisis management group has been ordered to issue guidelines related to the lockdown by this evening.
On Monday, the Patna High Court stated that a statewide lockout is urgently needed to stop the spread of coronavirus in the state. During a hearing, a division bench of Justices Chakradhari Sharan Singh and Mohit Kumar Shah asked Advocate General Lalit Kishore to talk to CM Nitish Kumar about the complete lockout in Bihar. Patna HC had also asked the Advocate General to make it aware of the government’s decision on Tuesday.
“It has emerged that the state government is moving towards total failure. There is no action plan in the context of an uncontrollable surge of corona infection in Bihar. Whatever plan you have presented is not up to the mark and no effective steps have been taken. Despite repeated orders you are not doing anything, everything is an eyewitness.
See the full list of restrictions here:
– All shops selling vegetables, fruits, eggs and meat to remain open. – Restaurants and dhabas may continue with home delivery. – All religious places will remain closed. – Cinema halls, malls, clubs, gyms and parks will remain closed. – Schools, colleges and other educational institutions will remain closed. – No examination will be conducted by the state-run schools and universities until May 15.
Bihar is struggling hard to cope with the second wave of coronovirus. The state recorded 11,407 fresh COVID cases on Monday, while the death toll was 82.
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