Bihar 16-day lockdown extension order withdrawn, decision likely today evening

Bihar 16-day lockdown extension order withdrawn, decision likely today evening

The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government in Bihar on July 29 announced that it will extend the lockdown for 16 days with effect from August 1, news agency ANI had reported. However, soon after it withdrew the order and said that the decision on the matter is likely this evening.

The decision was taken as Bihar recorded a surge in COVID-19 positive cases – registering 2,840 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the tally to 43,591. The death toll in the state mounted to 269.

"The requirement of a lockdown is inevitable and urgent to contain the further spread of COVID-19 in the state," the government order, cited by the news agency, had stated.

# As per the order, Central and state government offices will work at 50 percent capacity, with certain exceptions to the rule.

# Hospitals, dispensaries, health-care facilities as well as pharmacies will continue to remain functional.

# Commercial and private hospitals will be allowed to operate at 50 percent strength, while industrial establishments will be allowed to function provided they strictly follow social distancing and other guidelines of the Health Ministry.

# Construction and agricultural related activities will be allowed to continue.

# Transport services, except those for essential commodities, will be barred.

# All educational institutions and religious places will remain shut. No religious congregation will be allowed without any exception.