Raipur. The local administration of Raipur, Jashpur, Surajpur, Bemetara, Dhamtari, Korba, Rajnandgaon, Kondagaon and Kanker, has extended lockdown till May 5. The lockdown was announced in 8 districts till April 26, while in Korba by May 27. Minister Ravindra Choubey said that the decision depends on the situation in each place. The Collectors will inform guidelines regarding the opening of shops and markets.
Covid-19 continues to wreak havoc in the state. On Friday, the state had 17,397 new cases of infection, and 219 patients died. Of these, 143 were those who did not have any other serious illnesses. These figures are the highest in a day for Covid-19 infections and deaths.
The number of active patients in the state has now increased to 1 lakh 23 thousand 479. So far, 6,893 people have lost their lives to the epidemic. Experts say that the community transition of Covid-19 has started in Chhattisgarh, which is a terrible situation in an epidemic.
The number of deaths in Bilaspur has risen sharply in the last two days. On Friday, 40 patients died in Bilaspur, and 31 had lost their lives on Thursday. On the other hand, there were 13 deaths in Durg on Thursday, but the sudden death of 23 patients on Friday has raised concern. On Friday, 19 patients died in Korba, 14 in Dhamtari and 11 in Rajnandgaon.
From April 27, all travellers coming to Chhattisgarh by plane, train, or road will have to show their Covid-19 test report. The report should be 72 hours old. If not, then the administration will check the passengers on the spot. If they test negative, they will get quarantined, and positive patients will move to a hospital or isolation centre. The nearest checkpoint will have a kiosk for the same. The passenger will have to bear the cost of this examination.
Chhattisgarh government is trying to test 60 thousand people daily. Right now, 1,915 tests are being conducted daily per 10 lakh population. The National Average of Covid-19 Test is 1,480. RTPCR accounts for 40% of the total tests in the state.
The government will give rice for free to Antyodaya, the poor, and the destitute; this will benefit 58 lakh 29 thousand 371 ration cardholders.