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15 Jul 2020 | 01:36 AM UTC

India: Authorities announce complete lockdown in Bihar until July 31 /update 51

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Local officials impose complete lockdown in Bihar until July 31; follow government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/15/2020, 12:00 AM until 8/15/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Kolkata). COUNTRY/REGION Bihar

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Event

Authorities announced on Tuesday, July 14, that they will impose a complete lockdown in Bihar state until July 31 due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The lockdown will come into effect on Thursday, July 16. Throughout the lockdown period, all private and commercial establishments, educational institutions, places of worship, and parks will be closed. Essential services will be allowed to continue and restaurants will be able to provide delivery and takeaway services. The decision comes following a significant spike in COVID-19 cases across the state, with the highest number of cases within 24 hours being recorded on Tuesday. Bihar state currently has 18,853 confirmed COVID-19 cases.

As of July 14, there have been 906,752 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country, and 23,727 associated fatalities. Further international spread of the virus is expected in the near term.

Context

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.

Advice

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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