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Lockdown in Madhya Pradesh for 1 week in Urban Areas from 6 pm tomorrow To 6 am Monday

All urban areas of Madhya Pradesh will go into a lockdown from 6 pm tomorrow to 6 am on Monday in a move to control the steep surge in coronavirus cases in the state.
“A lockdown will be enforced in all cities of the state from 6 pm on Friday to 6 am on Monday,” Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said.

Indore and Bhopal – the biggest cities in the state – continue to record the highest daily spike in cases.

With 866 new cases on Wednesday, Indore’s tally went up to 74,895 while that of Bhopal rose to 55,255 with the addition of 618 cases. Indore now has 6,281 active cases while Bhopal has 4,681.

Over 4,000 people have died in the state due to the deadly disease while nearly 2.88 lakh have recovered.

The state is also working to have more containment zones that will be strictly sealed in cities with a spike in cases, Mr Chouhan said.

The Indore District Administration has also banned planned surgeries at government and private hospitals due to the pandemic. Only emergency surgeries will be allowed until further orders.

The state has also been working to have one lakh Covid-dedicated beds at hospitals and care centres.

A massive surge in infections over the past few weeks across the country saw the biggest-ever daily surge of more than a lakh on Monday. India reported over 1.26 lakh new cases in 24 hours today setting an unprecedented, grim record during the second wave. The total number of infections is now over 1.28 crore.

The government has said the next four weeks are “very, very critical”. The nationwide vaccination programme has now been widened to people above 60 and those over 45 with other illnesses.