New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Madhya Pradesh government on Wednesday night announced the expansion of the Sunday lockdown to four more districts in wake of the rising coronavirus cases across the state. The four districts where Sunday lockdown will be imposed are Betul, Chhindwara, Ratlam and Khargone. The lockdown will begin at 10 PM on Saturday and end at 6 AM on Monday.

Sunday lockdown has already been imposed in Bhopal, Indore and Jabalpur last week. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced this while briefing his ministerial colleagues on the coronavirus situation after the cabinet meeting. The decision as the state continues to witness a surge in daily COVID-19 cases from the past few days. 

In the cities where more than 20 cases are being reported daily, and in the districts where the average new cases per week are more than 20, only 50 persons can attend a marriage ceremony and only 20 people can take part in the last rites. Besides swimming pools, gyms and cinema halls too will remain closed in such districts. Only take-away service will be allowed at restaurants in such districts. Public halls will be allowed to function with 50 per cent capacity.

 
 
 
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Here are the districts where restrictions have been imposed in Madhya Pradesh:

Jabalpur

The Madhya Pradesh government had announced a complete lockdown in the district on Sundays. Apart from essential services, all activities in the district are prohibited on Sundays. A night curfew will also remain in place on other days in the district from 10 pm to 6 am. All schools and other educational institutions in the district will also remain closed till March 31.  

Indore 

Similar orders have been issued for Indore as the district is one of the major contributors to the rising daily cases of coronavirus in the state. Indore's caseload rose by 477 to reach 65,373 on Wednesday. A complete lockdown has been imposed in Indore on Sundays. In wake of the lockdown, all activities, apart from essential services, are prohibited in the district on Sundays, while a night curfew will also remain in place on other days of the week. 

Bhopal

The COVID-19 caseload in Bhopal reached 48,206 with the addition of 385 cases, while the active caseload reached 2,766. In wake of the sharp increase in the daily COVID-19 cases, the MP government has imposed a Sunday lockdown in the district. A ll activities including public gatherings are banned in the district. However, essential services are allowed during the lockdown period. A night curfew will also remain in place on other days of the week from 10 pm to 6 am. 

Khargone

The MP government on Wednesday announced a complete lockdown on Sundays in the district in wake of the rising coronavirus cases. All movement, involved in essential services, will be allowed during the lockdown period. Swimming pools, gyms and cinema halls too will also remain closed during the lockdown period. 

Betul

Similar orders have been issued for the Betul district in the state. A complete lockdown on Sundays has been announced during which all movements except essential services are prohibited. The lockdown will begin at 10 PM on Saturday and end at 6 AM on Monday.

Chhindwara and Ratlam

Both districts have been placed into a lockdown on Sundays. The lockdown will start at 10 pm on Saturday and will continue till 6 am on Monday. No movement is allowed during the lockdown period except for essential services. Swimming pools, gyms, cinema halls will also remain closed during the lockdown period. 

Madhya Pradesh on Wednesday reported 1,712 new COVID-19 cases, taking its case tally to 2,80,289. Seven fatalities increased the death toll to 3,919. As many as 950 people were discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours, taking the count of recoveries in Madhya Pradesh to 2,66,323. Only two out of 52 districts in the state did not report a new case of infection during the day.

Posted By: Talibuddin Khan