New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Madhya Pradesh government on Thursday decided to extend the complete lockdown in the state in wake of the rising COVID-19 cases and to break the chain of virus transmission. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan today announced that strict Janta Curfew will be enforced in MP from today (May 6) which will remain in force till May 15. 

"I request you to halt all activities till May 15. Strict adherence to Janata curfew is a must. I want normal life to resume in the coming days which is why we must take stringent action for some days," the chief minister said.

The chief minister said that the government can not shut the state for too long but after reviewing the COVID-19 situation 'we can't remain open as the positivity rate in the state is over 18 per cent'. 

"To break the chain of transmission of corona in the state we have to completely shut everything till May 15, strict 'Janta Curfew'. We can't shut things for too long but with more than 18% positivity we can't remain open", he added.

"I want your support. Everyone knows that our country, state and the whole world is fighting a battle against corona. I am indebted to the people, elected representatives, volunteers and civil society outfits who have extended absolute support to the government," he said. 

Further, the CM said that wedding events act like super spreaders amid these COVID-19 times and directed all the public representatives to motivate people that no wedding function should take place in May. He also said that all districts must review measures to reduce gatherings across the state.

"Weddings are super spreader events. I urge all public representatives to motivate people that weddings do not take place in May", Chouhan said. 

Earlier on April 29, the state government had imposed a Janata Curfew till May 7 to break the chain of COVID-19 transmission. This comes as Madhya Pradesh, during the last 24 hours, recorded 12,421 new COVID-19 cases taking the overall caseload in the state to 6,37,406. The death toll in Madhya Pradesh also climbed up to 6,160 after 86 people succumbed to the deadly pathogen during the same span of time. 

Posted By: Talibuddin Khan