Week-long 'corona curfew' imposed in Bhopal
(Sourced from PTI)
A week-long "corona curfew" was imposed in Bhopal city on Monday night to curb the rising cases of COVID-19 in the Madhya Pradesh capital. The curfew came into force at 9:00 pm and will remain effective till 6:00 am on April 19, an order issued by Bhopal Collector Avinash Lavania said. Here are more details.
Lavania issued an order under Section 144 of the CrPC which deals with the gathering and movement of people. As per the order, all business establishments would remain closed during the "corona curfew," and movement of people and vehicles would also be restricted. It said that curfew would be applicable to all areas falling under Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) and the adjoining Berasia Municipality.
"However, emergency services have been exempted from the purview of the curfew," the collector said. With this, Bhopal has become the 19th district of Madhya Pradesh where a coronavirus-related curfew has been imposed to stem the spread of the coronavirus infection. The other places where strict coronavirus-related curbs have been imposed include Indore, Jabalpur, and Ujjain.
Bhopal reported 824 fresh COVID-19 infections on Monday, taking the caseload to 58,951 in the district, according to a State Health Department bulletin. The state capital reported three more fatalities, pushing the toll to 649. Bhopal currently has 5,438 active cases.
The decision to impose curfew was taken at a meeting of the District Crisis Management Committee in Bhopal. On Sunday, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had said that a lockdown will not be imposed in Madhya Pradesh, but "corona curfew" has been enforced in some parts of the state with people's support to control the COVID-19 spread.
Earlier on Saturday, Chouhan had said that the number of active COVID-19 cases in MP might reach one lakh by the end of April, given the spike. "We will try to stop this. We have started adopting measures, including lockdown," he said. Chouhan appealed to people to stay at home and avoid venturing out unnecessarily to help curb the virus.