New Delhi: The second wave of the coronavirus pandemic is going on at an uncontrollable pace in India. There have been more than three and a half lakh cases of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours in the country.
Lockdown is being sought across the country to break the chain of infection spreading rapidly in the second wave. The second wave of coronavirus has once again sparked debate on the need for a complete lockdown for early control.
This year, when the second wave of coronavirus came, the Chief Ministers from PM to other states called the lockdown as the last resort. However, the pace of Corona accelerated so much and after the situation deteriorated, the idea of lockdown is coming to the states.
Lockdowns have been announced in Maharashtra, Delhi, Haryana, Odisha, UP and now Bihar. In Maharashtra, the lockdown time is being extended continuously, while in Delhi the lockdown has been extended.
The neighboring state of Delhi, Haryana, has also come under lockdown. At present, more than half of the country is under lockdown following the worsening coronavirus situation.
Lockdown increased in UP
The weekly lockdown in Uttar Pradesh has been extended for the next two days in view of the havoc of the coronavirus pandemic. In Uttar Pradesh, partial curfew will continue till 7 am on May 6.
Earlier, a three-day weekly curfew was announced in UP, which was to end at 7 am on Tuesday. Currently, there will be lockdown on May 4 and 5 as well. During this time only essential services will be allowed. Giving information, Additional Chief Secretary Navneet Sehgal said that the partial corona curfew in UP will continue till 7 am on May 6.
Lockdown in Bihar
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has announced the imposition of a lockdown in Bihar. The state lockdown has been imposed from May 5 to 15, which will come into effect from Wednesday. Till now, a strict curfew was declared in the state. The shops were opening till four in the evening.
The government had increased strictness to reduce market congestion, instructed to strictly follow section 144. Despite this, cases of coronavirus infection did not appear to be decreasing. In such a situation, the decision to lockdown was taken.
Lockdown in Delhi
The lockdown has been extended for 7 more days to control the fourth wave of coronavirus in Delhi. The lockdown of 6 days from 10 am on April 19 was first imposed in Delhi. Later on April 25 it was further extended for a week which was to end at 5 am on 3 May.
At the same time, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has announced to extend it for another week. This has been done in view of the increasing cases of coronavirus in Delhi.
The large population of the country remains a challenge in front of its resources in the vaccination campaign.
Lockdown in Haryana
The outbreak of coronavirus in Haryana is increasing continuously. To break the coronavirus chain, the Haryana government has announced a lockdown across the state. A lockdown of 7 days has been imposed in the state from May 3.
Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij said that a complete lockdown is being declared in entire Haryana for 7 days from Monday to May 3. Earlier, the government decided to impose weekend lockdowns in 9 districts including Gurugram and Faridabad.
Lockdown in Maharashtra extended till May 15
The Maharashtra government extended restrictions like lockdown till May 15 to curb the spread of coronavirus pandemic in the state. The order issued by Chief Secretary Sitaram Kunte said that a decision has been taken to increase the restrictions as the Covid-19 threat has increased in the state.
He said that it is imperative to continue emergency measures to prevent the spread of the virus. Restrictions on the movement of people and other activities were imposed earlier this month, which was till seven in the morning on May 1. Now it is being extended till May 15.
Strict lockdown in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh
The coronavirus curfew in the capital Bhopal has been extended till May 10. The ban was earlier imposed until May 3. Apart from this, similar restrictions are in force in many more districts of Madhya Pradesh.
Lockdown is on till May 5 in several districts of Chhattisgarh including Raipur and Durg and there is talk of extending it once again.