Bihar orders lockdown till May 15 as COVID cases surge

The Bihar crisis management group has been directed to issue lockdown-related guidelines and other protocols

Nitish Kumar
Announcing the decision on Twitter, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said that the move to implement the lockdown was taken on Monday after a series of discussions with ministers and officials

The Bihar government on Tuesday imposed a statewide lockdown till May 15 in the wake of surge in COVID-19.

Announcing the decision on Twitter, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said that the move to implement the lockdown was taken on Monday after a series of discussions with ministers and officials. The Bihar crisis management group has been directed to issue lockdown-related guidelines and other protocols in this regard by Tuesday, he added.

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The announcement came within hours of the Patna High Court ordering the government to declare a lockdown, warning that otherwise it may have to step in.

Bihar reported 11,407 new COVID-19 cases and 82 deaths on Monday, taking the state’s overall caseload to over 5.09 lakh and more than 2,800 fatalities.

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