MP: No relaxation in Bhopal, Indore, Ujjain from coronavirus lockdown


The Madhya Pradesh government announced on Sunday that limited activities to restart the economy will begin in some parts of Madhya Pradesh from Monday, but strict lockdown in view of rising cases of coronavirus will remain enforced in Bhopal, Indore, and Ujjain.

The authorities have divided the state into three parts to provide relaxations amidst the coronavirus lockdown. Several activities in districts that have not reported coronavirus positive cases will begin from Monday along with some relaxation in the lockdown.

The coronavirus hotspots which are affected by the Covid-19 spread will be exempted from easing of any norms. The government has also decided to not provide relaxations in Bhopal, Indore and Ujjain where more coronavirus positive cases are emerging every day.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had said on Sunday night that while the state government will provide some, districts like Indore, Bhopal, Ujjain and others which are affected by the coronavirus spread will be exempted from easing of any norms.

“We are going to start economic activities from April 20 under the guidelines of the Centre. Several activities including construction and repairing of roads, labour work under the MGNREGA are going to be started,” Shivraj Singh Chouhan said in his video address to the state.

Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that activities related to the agriculture and procurement of wheat have been started.

“We have told industries to resume operations as per the Centre’s guidelines,” he said while clarifying that no relaxations would be given in Indore, Bhopal, Ujjain and other cities affected most by the coronavirus infection.

Out of 52 districts, 26 districts in Madhya Pradesh have been affected by the Covid-19 outbreak. In fact, about 80 per cent of the patients have been found in Indore and Bhopal districts alone. As on Sunday, Bhopal’s Covid-19 count is 214, of which six have died and 31 have recovered.

“The number of affected districts looks high, but around 80 per cent of the cases are reported in two districts Indore and Bhopal. So the virus has affected these two districts the most, especially Indore,” said Mohammed Suleman, Additional Chief Secretary, Public Health and Family Welfare.

“We detected our first case in Indore on March 24. I feel it was a very late detection considering the situation there. Suddenly from the first case on March 24, today there are 900 cases in Indore. So the growth (of cases there) is very fast. If we see a growth pattern, there would have been more cases (in Indore) on March 24,” he said.


The additional chief secretary further said that Indore is a challenge as the city, which, he said, is number 1 in cleanliness, has been reporting a large number of coronavirus positive cases.

Madhya Pradesh has reported 1,407 positive cases (according to the health ministry) and close to 900 of them are in Indore alone.

Under fire for not having a full-time health minister amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the BJP government in Madhya Pradesh has constituted an advisory committee, comprising Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi and 12 others, to deal with the crisis.

The state does not have a council of ministers ever since senior BJP leader Shivraj Singh Chouhan took over as the chief minister on March 23.

The coronavirus outbreak and the subsequent lockdown have delayed the cabinet formation and the BJP-led government is drawing flak from the opposition Congress for not having a dedicated health minister at this critical juncture.

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