Amid surging coronavirus cases, District Magistrate Kumar Ravi announced that Patna will remain under lockdown from July 10-16.
"There is an alarming surge in COVID-19 positive cases in district of Patna in the last three weeks wherein positivity rate has also been considerable high... The District Administration has examined the matter in detail and is convinced that the requirement for a lockdown in the following manner throughout the district is inevitable and urgent to contain the further spread of COVID-19 within the District," the District Magistrate said in the order.
All places of worship shall be closed for public and no religious congregation will be permitted in Patna district during the lockdown period. Exceptions have been given for essential services and others. Shops, including ration shops (under PDS), dealing with food, groceries, fruits and vegetables, dairy and milk booths, meat and fish, animal fodder have been allowed to open.
However, shops related to fruits and vegetables, meat/fish shall remain open only between 6 am to 10 am and 4 pm to 7 pm.
A total of 749 new cases of coronavirus were reported in Bihar, informed the State Health Department on Wednesday.
With this, the total number of coronavirus cases in the state reaches 13,274, including 9,338 recovered cases said the health department.
Meanwhile, the state government has issued an order that no visitors will be allowed at State Secretariat and other buildings in the premises in view of COVID-19 pandemic.