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Corona curfew to continue in MP till June 15; Bhopal markets to open from Thursday

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan chairing a review meeting in Bhopal on June 7, 2021. Photo: DPR/MP

Bhopal, June 8 (MNN) Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that the corona curfew in the central state will continue till June 15 as vigilance and caution is needed even when the pandemic situation is under control.

Chouhan directed his Ministers and officers in charge of various districts to stay in contact with the Crisis Management Committees over the corona situation.

“Study the circumstances and reasons for the arrival of the first wave of Covid, its end, and the second wave. There is a need to learn from this study. We have to see what caused the second wave, on the basis of which we can stop the third wave. For this, it is necessary to adopt appropriate behaviour,” he said while addressing a corona review meeting at the Mantralaya on Monday.

Chouhan said that the process to open markets should be started in view of improved situation.

In panchayats falling in Green Zone and where there is not corona case, a decision can be taken regarding opening of ‘haat bazaars’.

“The Crisis Management Committees should start the process of opening the markets gradually only after evaluating the local conditions,” the Chief Minister said.

Based on the number of active corona cases, Madhya Pradesh was at 19th position in the country on Monday.

On June 6, only 735 persons tested positive, while 1,934 patients recovered. Out of total active cases, only 43 per cent patients got hospitalised.

Of the total 8,860 active cases, 5,059 were in home isolation. As many as 837 persons are confined to normal beds, 1,421 others are on oxygen beds and 1,543 on ICU/HDU beds.

So far, 643 black fungus (mucormycosis) patients out of total 1,004 have been discharged. A total of 47 new cases were reported on Monday whereas 36 persons were discharged.

The positivity rate in 46 districts is less than one and no district is now in the Red Zone. The positivity rate of all the districts in Madhya Pradesh is less than five.

The positivity rate of Bhopal, Indore, Ratlam, Betul, Jabalpur and Anuppur districts is between one and five. New positive cases total 202 in Indore, 131 in Bhopal, 54 in Jabalpur, 15 in Ratlam, 12 in Betul and 7 in Anuppur.

The positivity of remaining 46 districts is now less than one per cent.

Meanwhile, Medical Education Minister Vishwas Sarang said that all markets in state capital Bhopal would reopen from Thursday, for which shopkeepers would have to ensure 100 per cent vaccination and compliance with Covid guidelines.

Proposal to allow opening of markets on Saturday also is under consideration, he said after a meeting with district administration officials and business organisations.

To encourage vaccinations in Bhopal, ‘Vikas Lagwao-Market Khulwao’ campaign was started in collaboration with trade associations, wherein vaccination of traders and employees working in shops was encouraged.

Sarang said that shopkeepers and their workers should get vaccinated. A drive in this regard will be taken up on Wednesday by setting up a camp for traders and their employees.

Shops in Khargone will open on an odd-even basis. The markets in Ujjain will open till 7 pm daily while in Shivpuri, the system of opening shops on left and right sides of the roads alternately is under consideration.

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