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Blockade in India: weekend close in several states amid a rapid increase in Covid cases; ‘Janta curfew’ in Nagpur | India News


NEW DELHI / NAGPUR / KOLKATA: More high-risk areas were blocked on Saturday for various periods, including weekends, by states in an attempt to control the rapidly increasing number of Covid-19 cases in India.
So far, more than a dozen states have opted for such a selective block, citing the need to revive economic activities and at the same time reduce the risk of spreading the infection, although Bihar and Manipur have imposed a closure on all the state from July 16 to July 23, respectively. .
In Madhya Pradesh, where Prime Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan tested positive for coronavirus and was admitted to a hospital, a 10-day blockade was imposed in the state capital, Bhopal, after an increase in cases. The state has been observing a complete shutdown on Sundays.
A complete closure was imposed until Monday morning in Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu, which has also been forcing it to close every Sunday.
Tamil Nadu broke the bleak milestone of two lakh coronavirus cases on Saturday with the highest daily rise of 6,988 fresh infections, bringing the figure to 2.06,737, according to state authorities.
As Uttar Pradesh observed another weekend close, similar restrictions were imposed for the second time this month in the four districts of Uttarakhand, Dehradun, Haridwar, Nainital and Udham Singh Nagar districts, which have reported 1,348 cases since July 18. .
All stores were closed and transportation suspended in West Bengal as part of the twice weekly lockout in the state.
Jammu entered a 60-hour lockdown from Friday at 6 p.m., while a full six-day lockdown was imposed throughout the Kashmir valley, except Bandipora since Thursday.
In its most recent update, the Union Ministry of Health put the total number of cases at 13,36,861 and the number of deaths at 31,358. Almost 11.4 lakh of cases have been reported in June-July alone when closure restrictions were reduced.
In the worst-hit Maharashtra, where more than 3.5 lakh cases have been reported, civic authorities in the city of Nagpur announced a voluntary ‘curfew’ on Saturday and Sunday, when only essential services will continue to operate.
The step has been taken to raise public awareness of the behavior change towards the Covid-19 rules, but if these rules are not followed, then a strict curfew could be imposed on the city, warned the Nagpur city commissioner, Tukaram Mundhe.
Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said Saturday that he was not in favor of the full coronavirus-induced curb lift in the state just to address economic concerns.
Maharashtra had also imposed strict closure for variable periods in areas with a high incidence of coronavirus infection, including Pune.
“I will never say that the lock will be lifted entirely. But I have started to reopen some things gradually. Once it reopens it should not be closed again. Therefore I prefer to take phased action. You cannot think economy or There needs to be a balance between the two, “Shiv Sena spokesman ‘Saamana’ said in an interview.
Beginning in June, the government had gradually lifted the restrictions under its ‘Mission Begin Again’ initiative.
A total blockade was imposed in Nagaland’s capital Kohima until July 31, while it will take effect in Dimapur from Sunday to August 2.
The Meghalaya government has also announced a total blockade on the Shillong agglomeration from July 26 to 29.
In Chhattisgarh, a seven-day closure has been imposed as of Wednesday in the municipal limits of Raipur and Birgaon, in addition to 20 other urban bodies.
Normal life came to a complete halt in West Bengal on Saturday when shops closed and all modes of transportation went off the roads as part of the state government’s plan to remove the restrictions two days a week. A similar closure will take place next Wednesday.
More than 3,800 people were arrested for circumventing the blocking guidelines on Thursday when it was first imposed.
Flight operations at Kolkata airport were also suspended during the closure. The police patrolled all the main traffic intersections in the metropolis to control people who took to the streets. Barricades were also put up in various parts of the state to prevent people from leaving their homes, authorities said.
West Bengal has so far recorded 53,973 Covid-19 cases and 1,290 deaths as of Friday.
Odisha had ordered a 14-day total closure in five districts of Ganjam, Khordha, Cuttack, Jajpur and Rourkela as of July 17.
According to data from the Union Ministry of Health updated on Saturday morning, Delhi has reported 1.28,389 cases, Karnataka 85,870, Andhra Pradesh 80,858, Uttar Pradesh 60,771, West Bengal 53,973 and Gujarat 53,545 cases.
Karnataka has been applying a Sunday closure this month. A week-long confinement in Bangalore had ended on July 22.
The number of Covid-19 cases has increased to 52,466 in Telangana, 34,178 in Rajasthan, 33,926 in Bihar, 29,755 in Haryana, 29,921 in Assam and 26,210 in Madhya Pradesh.
Odisha has reported 22,693 infections, Jammu and Kashmir 16,782, Kerala 16,995 and Punjab 12,216.
India’s first coronavirus case was reported on January 30, and on March 25 the country was subjected to a 21-day total blockade, which was then periodically extended.

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