The Hemant Soren-led government in Jharkhand extended the lockdown restrictions till June 10 though there will be some relaxations in curbs.
The state has been in lockdown since April 22. The first set of lockdown regulations were imposed for a week since then it is the fourth time that the lockdown regulations are extended. An official meeting chaired by Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren with the State Disaster Management Authority decided to extend the time.
The state authority took the decision because the ongoing restrictions were about to end on June 3.
The official statement said that the Health Safety Week will stand extended till June 10. Some restrictions have been eased, like the opening of all shops in 15 districts out of 24 districts in the state from 6 am to 2 pm with some conditions.
The districts of Jharkhand have been categorized into two parts. Part one includes 15 districts where the covid cases are low and part two contains the remaining 9 out of 24 districts where covid cases are still surging. Shops in 15 districts will remain open from 6 am to 2 pm. In the other nine districts including the capital Ranchi non-essential shops like Jewellery, Clothes, and shoes are not allowed to open, other than these other essential shops will be open. Inter-district movement is now allowed. E passes will not be required while traveling in different districts. Agriculture, industries, and mining operations, and other emergency services, are allowed to work. Cinema halls, stadiums, gymnasiums, swimming pool areas are closed in the state.
The coronavirus cases in India are declining now but states are taking precautionary measures to manage the increasing cases in their states. Most of the state governments have resorted to extending covid lockdown rules and regulations to contain the spread of the deadly virus.
Hemant Soren has sought the Central government’s intervention for the procurement of free vaccines for all in the state. He said the state has always received free vaccines for all programs like pulse polio from the central government. Soren requested the Prime Minister to provide free vaccines.