New Delhi: Madhya Pradesh’s capital Bhopal has become the second city in the state, after commercial capital Indore, where a complete lockdown will be in effect, with only medicine and milk shops exempted. Also Read - Will Perform Giriraj Parikrama Once Corona Crisis is Overcome, Says Madhya Pradesh CM
The complete lockdown came into effect starting midnight, after the state’s Shivraj Singh Chouhan government on Sunday issued orders to this effect in the wake of two senior bureaucrats-Principal Secretary Health Pallavi Jain Govil and Additional Director Information/Communication (Health) Dr Veena Sinha-testing positive for coronavirus. Also Read - 1,500 Attended Feast For Dead Woman in Madhya Pradesh, Son Tests Positive For COVID-19
Earlier, several other government officials, too, had tested positive for the infection. Also Read - BSF Officer, Posted at Quarantine Centre in Madhya Pradesh, Tests Positive; Wife With Travel History to UK Isolated
As per the order, no one will be allowed to be out on the streets, except police, medical personnel and government personnel involved in emergency services.
On Sunday, Bhopal recorded 23 confirmed cases of COVID-19, taking the city’s tally to 41. Of the 23 who tested positive yesterday, while 12 attended the Tablighi Jamaat congregation in Delhi, remaining 11 were health department officials.
Overall, the city has 10 containment areas. Even the Raj Bhawan (Governor’s residence) and the Chief Minister’s residence fall in one of the containment areas.
Earlier, on March 31, the government had declared a complete clampdown in Indore, which has emerged as the state’s COVID-19 hotpot.
Madhya Pradesh has thus far recorded 210 positive COVID-19 cases, including 14 fatalities.