Jharkhand extends lockdown till 27 May

Ashis Sinha I Ranchi: Amidst huge spurt in fresh coronavirus cases, the Jharkhand extended the lockdown-like restrictions till 27 May, it said in a state government’s official statement.

This is the fourth consecutive time when government has extended the lockdown-like restrictions popularly known as Swasthya Surakasha Saptah (Health Protection Week) will come into effect from 6 am on 16 May, along with all the existing restrictions till 6 am on 27 May, it said.

Under the new restrictions it is mandatory seven days home or institutional quarantine for people coming out side from state. It would be barred for those who will leave the state within 72 hours, it stated in the statement.

It has prohibited Inter-state and intra-state bus services, while the e-pass for private movement is now issued, officials said.

In addition, marriage functions may only be held in homes or courts with a maximum of 11 participants. The upper limit was previously 50 people.

The decisions were taken at the state disaster management authority (SDMA) meeting chaired by chief minister Hemant Soren.

The government had first imposed the Health Protection Week (lockdown with restrictions) from 6 am of April 22 to 6am of April 29. The lockdown got second extension from 6am of April 29 to 6am of May 6 and third extension from 6am on May 6 to 6am of May 13.

The coronavirus death surpasses 4,000 marks in Jharkhand, the total number of active cases rushed to around 54533 with total count 296895 cases in the state. Meanwhile, 238277 people were recovered and returned their homes.

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