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The Chhattisgarh government on Saturday authorised district collectors to impose lockdown in urban areas in case it is needed after giving three-day prior notice to people. “Depending on the outbreak situation, collectors can issue prohibitory orders under Epidemic Diseases Act and CrPC section 144. These orders can be implemented in some wards or in half of the city or even in the whole town as per the impact of the infection. Collectors need to give three-day prior notice before implementing prohibitory orders which will be effective initially for seven days,” the official said. Also Read - Kangana Ranaut Says She Felt 'Raped' at The Hands of BMC And Shiv Sena Because of Emotional Trauma Caused to Her

In Maharashtra, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has empowered district collectors to impose lockdowns without coming under any pressure. Also Read - India Happiness Report 2020: Mizoram, Punjab, Andaman and Nicobar Islands Top List; Maharashtra & Delhi at Bottom

“If you are sure that the lockdowns will help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, then take the decision,” the CM is believed to have said to the district collectors in a video conference.

“Lockdown shouldn’t be imposed under pressure. Impose it only if you are confident that it will help contain the pandemic. Coronavirus should not reach rural areas from urban spots,” the CM said.