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Bihar goes into lockdown till May 15 as Covid-19 cases surge

The Bihar crisis management group has been directed to issue detailed lockdown-related guidelines and other protocols, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: May 4, 2021 12:30:06 pm
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar announced the decision on Tuesday. (File Photo)

The Bihar government on Tuesday imposed a statewide lockdown till May 15 in the wake of rising Covid-19 cases.

Announcing the decision on Twitter, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said that the move to implement the lockdown was taken on Monday after a series of discussions with associate ministers and officials. The Bihar crisis management group has been directed to issue detailed lockdown-related guidelines and other protocols in this regard by today (Tuesday), he added.

The announcement came within hours of the Patna High Court ordering the government to declare a lockdown, warning that otherwise the court may step in.

The state reported 11,407 fresh Covid-19 cases and 82 deaths on Monday, taking the state’s overall case load to over 5.09 lakh and more than 2,800 fatalities. India today reported 3,57,229 new Covid-19 cases and 3,449 deaths in the past 24 hours.

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