Bihar goes into lockdown until May 15 as Covid-19 instances surge

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The Bihar authorities on Tuesday imposed a statewide lockdown until May 15 within the wake of rising Covid-19 instances.

Announcing the choice on Twitter, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar stated that the move to implement the lockdown was taken on Monday after a sequence of discussions with affiliate ministers and officers. The Bihar disaster administration group has been directed to problem detailed lockdown-related pointers and different protocols on this regard by at this time (Tuesday), he added.

The announcement got here inside hours of the Patna High Court ordering the federal government to declare a lockdown, warning that in any other case the court docket might step in.

The state reported 11,407 contemporary Covid-19 instances and 82 deaths on Monday, taking the state’s total case load to over 5.09 lakh and greater than 2,800 fatalities. India at this time reported 3,57,229 new Covid-19 instances and three,449 deaths previously 24 hours.