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India: Authorities order complete lockdown in Patna (Bihar state) from July 10-16 /update 48

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India authorities order a complete lockdown in Patna (Bihar state) from July 10-16; follow government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/8/2020, 12:00 AM until 7/18/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Kolkata). COUNTRY/REGION India, Patna

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Indian authorities announced on Wednesday, July 8, a complete lockdown of Patna (Bihar state) has been ordered from Friday, July 10 - Thursday, July 16 amid a rise in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases. Under the lockdown, all nonessential services including markets, offices, and commercial activities will be prohibited in the city. Patna's District Magistrate Kumar Ravi announced the decision comes after Bihar reported its highest daily rise of 749 COVID-19 cases, of which 235 were reported in Patna. As of July 8, 12,570 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Bihar.

As of July 9, health authorities have confirmed 742,417 COVID-19 cases with 20,642 associated deaths in India. Further spread of the virus is expected in the near term. 


The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantine measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and trouble breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.


Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.


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