Will Nitish Kumar govt continue with lockdown or announce unlock measures

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As the 16-day lockdown, which was imposed to contain the COVID-19 outbreak in Bihar has ended, all eyes are set on the government headed by Nitish Kumar as to whether it would extend the restrictions or further ease the lockdown rules to allow more economic activities in the state.

Due to the rise in coronavirus cases, the Bihar government on July 30 had imposed restrictions in the state headquarters, district headquarters, sub-divisional headquarters and all municipal areas from August 1 to 16.

During the above-mentioned lockdown period, the government offices in Bihar were ordered to work with 50 per cent strength. Commercial and private offices were also allowed to operate with 50 per cent capacity.
Commercial and private establishments, except shopping malls, were allowed to function normally.

Rail and air services remained functional as per Centre’s rules. All educational institutions and religious places continued to remain closed in Bihar. Restaurants and eateries were allowed to open with take away services.

Bihar COVID-19 cases rise to 1.04 lakh

As 2,187 more people were found to be affected with the deadly contagious virus, Bihar COVID-19 cases climbed to 1.04 lakh on August 16. As per the state health bulletin, 22 more patients pushed the coronavirus death toll to 537.

Information and Public Relations Department Secretary Anupam Kumar said that the recovery rate among the COVID-19 patients in Bihar has increased to 69.71 per cent.

While announcing the unlock 3 guidelines, the union home ministry the MHA had removed night curfew and allowed yoga institutes and gymnasiums to open. The MHA, however, had said the lockdown will continue to be implemented strictly in the containment zones till August 31, 2020.

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As per the Centre’s order, schools, colleges, educational and coaching institutions have been asked to remain closed till August, 31 2020. Online/distance learning have been given the g ahead. Cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places will remain closed till August 31.

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