The Madhya Pradesh government announced on Thursday that the ongoing ‘Janata Curfew’ imposed in the state to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) has been further extended till May 15 with chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan adding the spread of the disease can only controlled if the chain of transmission is broken. The curfew was earlier supposed to end on May 7.
Addressing a virtual meeting on the ‘Kill Corona-2 Campaign’, Chouhan said, “The only way to control Covid-19 is by breaking the chain of transmission. Therefore, I request that everything in the state should be stopped till May 15.”
“The janata curfew should be followed strictly. We cannot keep everything closed till eternity. But we can’t open if the positivity rate goes beyond 18%,”he added.
Chouhan urged residents living in both rural and urban areas of Madhya Pradesh to follow the curfew strictly for a few more days and also take a pledge to stay inside their homes.
The chief minister said weddings and other public gatherings should not take place this entire month as they have proven to be super spreader events and all public representatives should motivate people to not organise such events.
Chouhan also urged all political parties in the state to end their differences and work together against this crisis adding differences can be dealt with later.
Earlier today Former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamal Nath said the Covid-19 situation in the state was “scary”, and demanded that the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government provide an assistance of ₹4 lakh each to the families of those who died of the viral infection.
In a letter to Chouhan, Nath noted that over six lakh Covid-19 cases have been reported in the state so far since its outbreak last year and a large number of people have died due to the disease.
“The coronavirus situation in the state has turned scary,” the senior Congress leader said.
Many families have become helpless and have no source of income now as their head or earning members have succumbed to the viral infection, the leader of opposition in the state Assembly said.
He said there is a provision in the state that in the event of natural calamities, the kin of each victim are provided an assistance of ₹4 lakh under the revenue book rule 6(4).
“Therefore, fatalities due to Covid-19 should also be treated as deaths due to natural calamity. For this, it is necessary to amend this rule so that the family of a person who died of Covid-19 can be extended an assistance of ₹4 lakh to mitigate their problems,” Nath said.
This will help a large number of families whose head or earning members have died due to Covid-19, he added.
Madhya Pradesh has so far recorded 624,985 Covid-19 disease cases and 6,074 more deaths, according to the state health department’s bulletin. The recoveries in the state are nearing 530,000 while active cases have climbed to 89,244.
On Wednesday, 12,319 cases, 71 deaths and 9,643 recoveries were seen.