Streets, markets empty as MP weekend lockdown kicks inPTI | Bhopal | Updated: 10-04-2021 17:57 IST | Created: 10-04-2021 16:54 IST
Streets and markets in most cities of Madhya Pradesh wore a deserted look on Saturday, uncharacteristic for the weekend, as a 60-hour lockdown started showing effect.
The lockdown came into force at 6 pm on Friday.
Order on the lockdown issued by Additional Chief Secretary Rajesh Rajora has said essential services like ferrying of goods from other states will continue, chemist and ration stores, hospitals, petrol pumps, banks, ATMs, milk and vegetable shops will remain open, and there won't be any let-up in vaccination and other emergency works either.
The urban areas of the state are also under night curfew, which will be in force till April 30.
In the last three days, Madhya Pradesh reported over 4,000 cases daily, with Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Saturday saying the number of active COVID-19 cases in the state might reach one lakh by the end of this month given the spike in infections.
In a worrying sign, the state's positivity rate jumped from 1.1 percent in January-end to 13 percent now.
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