Raipur, 7 April. The Chhattisgarh government has decided to go for a 10-day total lockdown in the capital city Raipur when it looked almost certain that the dreadful escalation of the second wave of COVID-19 may soon assume an uncontainable proportion.
Total lockdown will be enforced in the capital city from 6 pm on Friday 9 April and will continue till April 19, Raipur district collector S Bharathi Dasan declared today. Raipur has emerged as the first state capital in the country to have been forced to opt for such a long lockdown. All other services barring medicines, petrol pump, and other very essential amenities, shall remain closed during the lockdown.
The decision was necessitated following an explosion-like situation prevalent in Raipur and the administration panicked administration appeared huddled in anxiety when a record 2 thousand 821 corona positive cases were found today. District administration has decided not to allow home isolation to corona-positive persons above 55 years of age. Instead, people of this age group will be taken to the hospital by ambulance.
The spread of the second wave of the pandemic in Chhattisgarh has outpaced even the bigger states and cities which has been the hotbed of COVID-19 infection since April last year. The state with roughly the equivalent of Mumbai in terms of the population registered 37 thousand patients in the first 6 days of April. It means, more than 6 thousand new positives cases are being found every day. The state received a record 9,921 cases and 53 deaths on Tuesday.
26 people lost their lives in Raipur in the last 24 hours. An average of 3.20 corona patients died every day during the last 312 days. With this, the death toll in capital Raipur touched 1,001 and crossed 4,400 in the state. So far a total of three lakh 86 thousand 269 people have been tested positive for Corona and 3 lakh 29 thousand 408 of them have been cured across the state.
The pandemic situation in the state is so frightening that many public and private offices including the state legislative assembly secretariat have been closed following a number of their employee’s found COVID-19 positive recently. The anxious government is looking for other options including train bogeys to be used as quarantine centres and primary medical care units as hospital ICUs and beds have already been working to their full capacity.