Raipur: Amid continuous spurt in Covid-19 cases, Chhattisgarh government on Monday decided to extend the lockdown till August 6 in the districts most affected with the virus and have recorded an increasing number of cases.
Presently, most parts of the state are witnessing lockdown from July 22 till 28 and now, it has been extended for a week. Chief minister Bhupesh Baghel convened a cabinet meeting with ministers and senior officers to discuss the need of extending lockdown and measures to reduce the spread of the infection. Minister Ravindra Chaubey informed the media that the cabinet has decided to extend the lockdown till August 6, in the areas most affected and witnessing upsurge on a daily basis.
“The number of infected patients in the state is increasing against the ratio of those recovering, hence everyone has felt the need of extending the lockdown. All the district collectors have been instructed to continue the lockdown as per the surge in cases. Raipur, Durg having maximum number of infected people may need more beds and it was reviewed in the meeting about the availability of beds at present. If the lockdown ends as scheduled on July 28, the spread of infection will continue and increase,” the minister added.
Day or two in between the lockdown as expected by citizens, nor would there be any relief during the festivals of Bakrid and Rakshabandhan as it may invite gatherings and rush in market places.
Presently, about 15 districts are under complete lockdown, including Raipur, Bilaspur, Durg, Dantewada and others. Only limited essentials like vegetables, milk products, petrol are available within the specified time-limit . It is yet to be decided if the time limit for essential services will remain the same or extended.
Chhattisgarh has recorded 7,613 Covid-19 cases so far with 2,626 active cases and 4,944 patients cured. About 43 people have succumbed to the virus.