Bhopal | Jagran News Desk: The Madhya Pradesh government on Friday announced a complete lockdown in three cities which will be imposed on Sundays. The lockdown will be imposed in Bhopal, Indore and Jabalpur every Sunday to curb the spread of the deadly pathogen. The MP government also announced that a night curfew will remain in place in these three cities on other days from 10 pm to 6 am. 

Announcing the restrictive measures due to an alarming surge in fresh coronavirus cases in the country, the Madhya Pradesh government also said that all schools, colleges and other educational institutions in Indore, Bhopal and Jabalpur will remain closed till March 31.  

Since February, coronavirus cases in Madhya Pradesh have been rising steadily, forcing the state government to partially reimpose restrictions. On Friday, the state reported over 1,100 fresh cases and seven deaths, taking Madhya Pradesh's caseload to 2.73 lakh and the toll to 3,901.

"A death each was reported from Bhopal, Gwalior, Ujjain, Chhindwara, Khandwa, Shajapur and Umaria. Indore's caseload rose by 309 to reach 63.510, while that of Bhopal touched 46,383 with the addition of 272 cases. The active caseload in the two cities is 1,960 and 1,495 respectively," news agency PTI quoted a Madhya Pradesh Health Department official as saying.

Earlier this week, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had also imposed a night curfew in Indore and Bhopal to break the chain of the COVID-19 pandemic. He also instructed the officials that all markets in eight other affected cities -- Jabalpur, Gwalior, Ujjain, Ratlam, Burhanpur, Chhindwara, Betul and Khargone -- will have to be closed by 10 pm.

"I have instructed the team to discuss night curfew and other things. Relevant departments will prepare for a meeting which will be held tomorrow. We have issued some instruction and will take few more steps if needed," Chouhan had said after analysing the situation in the state.

Chouhan on Monday also announced that all passengers arriving in Madhya Pradesh from Maharashtra will have to show a negative RT-PCR test report upon their arrival in Bhopal and Indore. He had also appealed to the Union Health Ministry to supply more COVID-19 vaccines to Madhya Pradesh. "The Union health minister has promised to provide the remaining shots very soon," he said after he met Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma