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Night curfew likely in Bhopal and Indore, says CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said people coming to the state by air, trains or roads from neighbouring Maharashtra, where there is a spike in Covid-19 cases, should be thermally scanned.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: March 13, 2021 5:34:28 pm
Night curfew likely in Bhopal and Indore, says CM Shivraj Singh ChouhanAn elderly woman gets a shot of Covid-19 vaccine as others wait in a queue during an inoculation drive, at Government JP hospital in Bhopal, Wednesday, March 03, 2021. (PTI Photo)

In view of the rising coronavirus cases in Bhopal and Indore, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said night curfew might be re-imposed in the two districts from Sunday or Monday.

At a review meeting held on Friday to discuss the situation in the state, Chouhan said, “Look at the rise in infection cases… Tough measures will be taken to flatten the curve. Night curfew might be clamped in Bhopal and Indore from Sunday or Monday.”

Chouhan said people coming to the state by air, trains and roads from neighbouring Maharashtra, where there is a surge in Covid-19 cases, should be thermally scanned. He also instructed officials to ensure Covid-19 rules and guidelines are strictly followed by people to prevent the spread of the virus.

Chouhan said people should be motivated to take proactive measures, be vigilant and wear masks. Awareness campaigns should be conducted in state districts when needed.

He further added that shopkeepers in districts bordering Maharashtra including Indore, Bhopal, Gwalior, Jabalpur will have to take protective measures to prevent the spread of the virus and action should be taken against shopkeepers who do not follow these measures.

The Chief Minister also stressed on the need to motivate people to get both the doses of the Covid-19 vaccine. He said that public awareness campaigns should be conducted and arrangements should be made to bring more elderly citizens to the vaccination centre.

On Friday, 603 Covid-19 cases were reported in Madhya Pradesh. Indore, the worst-hit district in the state, saw 219 new cases, taking the caseload there to 61,642, while Bhopal witnessed 138 fresh cases, which pushed its total count to 45,079.

Indore has so far reported 940 deaths and Bhopal 621. There are 1,528 active cases in Indore, while the state capital has 806 such cases.

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