New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The District Administration of Patna on Wednesday announced that the capital city of Bihar will remain under a total lockdown from July 10 till July 16th to curb the further spread of the deadly pathogen in the city. The decision was taken on the orders of Patna District Magistrate. 

The decision came amid the uptick in coronavirus cases in the state. Bihar reported 749 new cases of COVID-19 during the last 24 hours taking the total tally of coronavirus cases to  13,274 on Wednesday. The death toll in the state also climbed up to 104. 

The state's tally has more than doubled within a span of a month. On June 7, the number of confirmed cases in Bihar was 5,070.
Nonetheless, the state health department insisted that the situation was not bleak and the recovery rate, at 74.55 per cent, was significantly higher than the national average.

All the 38 districts in the state are affected by the pandemic and Patna tops the list in terms of number of confirmed cases with a tally of 1,114, followed by Bhagalpur (643), Madhubani (536), Begusarai (528), Muzaffarpur (511), Siwan (509) and Munger (449).

Meanwhile, the Bihar Government on Tuesday issued a notification, saying that those found COVID-19 positive are allowed to stay under home isolation provided they have necessary space. The decision was taken after a meeting between senior officials. As of now, only doctors and other health officials found COVID-19 positive can avail this option in the state.

"COVID-19 patients will only be able to stay under home isolation at home provided they have necessary space for themselves, and also for members of the family for quarantine. During isolation they will regularly have to monitor their health," the notification read.

Asking pandemic patients to contact nearest health facilities when needed, it further added, "In case of any symptom related to COVID-19, they are also required to contact nearest health centres for their proper treatments. They will be out of self-isolation 14 days after submitting of reports provided they don't have any other symptoms. Once out of self-isolation they will also have to submit an undertaking".

(With ANI Inputs)

Posted By: Talib Khan