New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Due to the spike in COVID-19 cases, the Chhatisgarh government has decided to impose an 11-day lockdown in Bijapur district. Bijapur collector Ritesh Agarwal announced that the lockdown will remain into effect from April 16 to April 26 and essential services will be expempted. 

In his statement, he said, "Due to upsurge in #COVID19 cases, an 11-day lockdown will be imposed in Bijapur district from April 16 to 26. Essential services exempted, their operations to be unrestricted"

Chhattisgarh | Due to upsurge in #COVID19 cases, an 11-day lockdown will be imposed in Bijapur district from April 16 to 26. Essential services exempted, their operations to be unrestricted: Collector Bijapur Ritesh Agarwal

The decision comes on a day the state reported a record 15,256 fresh COVID-19 cases and 105 deaths in a span of 24 hours. The active cases in the state now stands at 1,21,769 while the death toll is 5,442. 

The state government has already imposed lockdown and other restrictions in 18 districts. Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel said the state government is carrying out all possible efforts to contain the spread of infection and appealed to all party representatives to make people aware to get themselves tested in case they develop symptoms of coronavirus.

Governor Anusuiya Uikey on Thursday stressed the need to carry out testing of people, particularly of those coming to the state from neighbouring Maharashtra, and also called for establishing quarantine centres on the inter-state borders, an official said.

Chairing an all-party meeting in a virtual mode to discuss the measures to check the spread of COVID-19 in the state, she said workers of political parties can play a significant role in raising awareness among people to prevent transmission of the infection.

Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel and representatives of political parties attended the meeting through video conferencing, the public relations department official said.

Posted By: Sanyukta Baijal