Raipur | Jagran News Desk: Amid the alarming surge in coronavirus cases across the state, the district administration on Friday imposed a complete lockdown in Chhattisgarh's Durg. Durg Collector Sarveshwar Narendra Bhure, while speaking to news agency ANI, said that the lockdown will be imposed in the district from April 6 to April 14.  

Though the district administration has urged people to support the lockdown to break the chain of the COVID-19, it has not announced what activities will be allowed and restricted from April 6 to April 14. Durg, during the last 24 hours, had reported nearly 1,000 COVID-19 cases, taking the overall caseload in the distict to 40,068.

Chhattisgarh has been reporting a spike in coronavirus cases over the last few, forcing the authorities in several districts and cities to reimpose restrictions. Last month, the state government had also closed all government and private schools, colleges and anganwadis till further orders amid a spike in cases.

Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel has also taken cognisance over the rise in coronavirus cases in Chhattisgarh but has ruled out the possibility of imposing a lockdown across the state. Baghel, while expressing concerns over the spike last month, had said that following appropriate COVID behaviour is the only way to stop the pandemic in India.

"It’s the poor and the business class who usually bear the brunt of lockdown besides the economic impact faced by common people on their livelihood. Instead of the lockdown, it is essential and preferable for all to strictly follow the Covid pandemic guidelines," he had said.

Baghel, however, has allowed officials to impose a night curfew in 27 districts of the state, including capital Raipur. During the night curfew, all activities, except those engaged in essential services, will remain prohibited in Chhattisgarh. Baghel has also asked the officials to increase testing to 40,000 samples per day in the state.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma