Bhopal: Sunday lockdown struck off by state after corona-positive rate reduced to 0.06 percent
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BHOPAL: The Sunday lockdown was abolished on Saturday as the corona-positive rate reduced to 0.06 per cent in Madhya Pradesh. The decision has been taken 26 days after the graded unlock which started in the state on June 1.

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan tweeted in this regard on Saturday, stating that there was no logic in continuing with the Sunday lockdown after the corona-positive rate reduced drastically to 0.06 per cent in the state. But business establishments will be opened according to strict Covid protocols, he added. Besides, night curfew would continue in the state, he tweeted.

Zero cases in 35 districts

There are 35 districts which reported no corona cases and the number of active cases reduced to below 1,000 in Madhya Pradesh.

The chief minister has appealed to the people to adhere to strict Covid protocols- such as wearing masks and maintaining social distancing and hand hygiene, and warned that, even though corona was under control, it has not gone away.

Earlier, the Sunday lockdown and night curfew was imposed with the aim of discouraging unnecessary assembly and gatherings at different places. So, during the graded unlock which started on June 1, provisions were made for the Sunday lockdown and night curfew. However, theatres, cinemas, schools, colleges and swimming pools have not been opened in Madhya Pradesh.

Traders welcome decision

Traders have welcomed the chief ministerís decision, stating that the decision would augur well for the public, as well as traders.

Shopping convenience

It's a good decision as the number of corona cases has declined. The public will now be in a position to shop conveniently on Sundays. The onus, of course, will lie on the public, as well as the traders, for implementing the Covid protocols, -Raj Kumar Batra, president, No. 10 Market Tradersí Association

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