Jharkhand announces weeklong lockdown from 22 to 29 April


Ranchi: Jharkhand government announced a weeklong lockdown marked as “Swasthya Suraksha Saptah” (Health Safety Week) with certain relaxations in the state starting from 22 April to 29 April.

The decision was taken in a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Hemant Soren on Tuesday, convened over the huge spurt in COVID-19 cases and consistent deaths.
Addressing the people, Soren said, Jharkhand is a poor state, and it has been our priority from the beginning to save both life and livelihood. It is necessary to break the chain of Corona Virus infection in Jharkhand.

So, it has been decided that “Health Safety Week” shall be adhered to by everyone from 06:00 AM on 22 April till 06:00 PM on 29 April, he said.
“COVID-19 can only be controlled by breaking the chain of the infection,” added CM.

In a video address, Soren said, All other shops shall be closed except shops for essential items;

All offices shall be closed except the identified offices of Government of India, State Government, and private sectors;

Agriculture, industrial, construction, and mining activities shall continue; Religious places shall remain open, but no devotees will be allowed;

No person shall leave their house except for essential works;

Not more than five people shall assemble at any place.

The coronavirus spread can be prevented only with public participation, said Soren. He urged people to stay at home, wear a face mask and follow the guidelines issued by the government.

Notably, Jharkhand reported around 5000 fresh Covid-19 positive cases and 45 deaths due to coronavirus infections on Tuesday. The total count of positive cases rushed to 172315 while 332178 are active cases. Around 137590 people recovered, and the state reported 1547 deaths due to COVID-19.

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