New Delhi: As the number of coronavirus cases are on the rise in the state, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Tuesday announced Rs 50 lakh insurance cover for police personnel and other state government employees who are engaged in the fight against COVID-19. Also Read - Madhya Pradesh: 55-year-old Woman Dies After Hospital Staff Fails to Find Keys of ICU

Taking to Twitter , the chief minister stated that the Centre has announced Rs 50 lakh insurance cover to health workers, while the state government will provide the same amount to the police and officials of revenue, urban administration and other departments. Also Read - Will Perform Giriraj Parikrama Once Corona Crisis is Overcome, Says Madhya Pradesh CM

The development comes as five health workers, seven police personnel and their family members have tested positive for coronavirus in Bhopal on Tuesday. Also Read - 1,500 Attended Feast For Dead Woman in Madhya Pradesh, Son Tests Positive For COVID-19

Ahead of the announcement, the chief minister spoke to policemen on field duties and asked them to ensure that the lockdown was strictly imposed in the coronavirus-affected areas.

Part of the efforts to bolster preventive measures, Chouhan and state governor Lalji Tandon announced that they will contribute 30 per cent of their salaries to relief funds of the state.

While Chouhan said he will contribute 30 per cent of his salary to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund for the next one year, the governor said he will also donate 30 per cent of his salary, which is around Rs 1 lakh per month, to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund till the health crisis deteriorates.

Meanwhile, the chief minister said the lockdown in the state will be extended as per the demand of the situation. “We will take a decision after seeing the circumstances. Lives of people are more important. We can tolerate lockdown. We can resurrect the economy later on but won’t be able to bring back lives of people,” Chouhan said.