Lockdown News: Amid rising number of COVID-19 cases, the Bhupesh Baghel-led Chhattisgarh government on Monday imposed lockdown in ten districts of the state, including capital city Raipur. The other districts were lockdown will be observed till September 28 are Jashpur, Baloda Bazaar, Janjgir-Champa, Durg, Bhilai, Dhamtari, Bilaspur,  Bilaspur. Also Read - COVID-19 Escalated into ‘Syndemic’ for Chronic Disease Patients, Says Study

The authorities have declared Raipur a containment zones as the city is the worst-hit by COVID-19 and has been reporting nearly 1,000 cases per day. An order issued by Raipur Collector S Bharathi Dasan said that to break the chain of COVID-19 transmission, it has become necessary to declare the entire district (Raipur) a containment zone. Also Read - Indians to Get Free COVID-19 Vaccine, Says Union Minister After Backlash From Opposition

Inter-district borders in Raipur will remain sealed during the lockdown period. All offices including Central, state and semi government will remain shut. Social gatherings are also restricted. Also Read - Spain Declares Nationwide State of Emergency to Curb Second Wave of Coronavirus

Speaking to reporters, an official informed that medical shops will be allowed to function, however, commercial establishments, including grocery shops will be closed. Milk shops will be open in 2 shifts —6:00 AM-8:00 AM; 5:00 PM-6:30 PM.

Petrol pumps have been directed to provide fuel only to government vehicles and private vehicles engaged essential activities.

The state’s tally of coronavirus has reached 86,183 and death toll soared to 677. Earlier on Sunday, the state had reported 1,949 new COVID-19 cases and 13 deaths.  The day also saw 921 people getting discharge from various hospitals following their recovery, while 651 patients completed their home isolation, taking the tally of recoveries to 47,653. The state now has 37,853 active cases.

Chhattisgarh has recorded over 67,500 COVID-19 cases in the last one month, said reports.