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24 Jul 2020 | 01:24 PM UTC

India: Authorities introduce 10-day lockdown in Bhopal from July 24 /update 56

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Authorities introduce 10-day lockdown in Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh) from July 24; follow government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/24/2020, 12:00 AM until 8/4/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Kolkata). COUNTRY/REGION Madhya Pradesh, Bhopal, Gwalior

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Event

Authorities in India's Madhya Pradesh state have announced that a 10-day lockdown will be implemented in the city of Bhopal from 20:00 (local time) on Friday, July 24, to 08:00 on Tuesday, August 4, following an increase in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases. Essential services will remain operational during this time, and a supply of milk and vegetables will be available for residents. Meanwhile, a week-long lockdown in the city of Gwalior has been lifted following a decrease in the infection rate.

As of Friday, July 24, there have been 25,474 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Madhya Pradesh, with 780 associated fatalities. In India, officials have reported 1,288,108 cases and 30,601 deaths. 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). Since then, human-to-human transmission of the virus has been confirmed.

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

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Some patients may experience other symptoms such as body pains, nasal congestion, headache, conjunctivitis, sore throat, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell or a rash on skin or discoloration of fingers or toes. These symptoms (in most cases mild) appear gradually. Generally, most patients (around 80 percent) recover from the disease without being hospitalized.

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 COVID-19 call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.

 

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