Bhopal: To check the alarming spread of the coronavirus in Madhya Pradesh, the state government on Thursday announced 46 hotspots in 15 districts. The government has also placed Bhopal, Indore and Ujjain under total lockdown and made the use of masks mandatory for citizens while stepping out of their houses.
Of these hotspots, eight are in Jabalpur, six in Gwalior, five each in Khargone, Bharwani and Chhindwara, four in Dewas, three in Hoshangabad, two each in Vidisha and Khandwa, and one each in Morena, Betul, Sheopur, Raisen and Dhar. All these areas have reported positive cases.
The government has placed Bhopal, Indore and Ujjain under total lockdown till further orders and borders of these areas have been sealed.
In a bid to contain the spread of coronavirus the state government on Thursday issued an order making the use of masks mandatory for citizens while stepping out of their houses. Violation of this will attract legal action, the order by the state Public Health Department said.
"The department has made it mandatory to wear face-masks while stepping out. Action will be taken against the violators under various laws, including the Madhya Pradesh Epidemic Disease COVID-19 Regulation-2020," it said. The order said that in the absence of masks, people can use towel or dupattas to cover their faces.
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said no one would be allowed to enter or leave the cities, adding in case of death of any outsider, the last rites would be performed in the particular city itself.
Chouhan said that the district administrations should ensure the supply of essential items in these hot spots and people should avail of the services of all the government departments.
With 22 new cases, the number of positive cases rose to 427 in the state of which 235 are in Indore and 98 in Bhopal. Indore so far has reported 23 deaths.
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