PATNA: All educational institutions in Bihar will now remain closed till April 18 in the wake of alarming surge in the Covid-19 cases in the state. All shops have been asked to close at 7pm till April 30.
“The order to close all schools, colleges and coaching institutes in the state from April 5 to April 11 have been extended for one more week,” CM Nitish Kumar said in Patna on Friday.
The CM was briefing the media about the steps his government is taking to contain the spread of Covid-19 pandemic.
It means that all educational institutions in Bihar will remain closed till April 18. However, pre-schedule examinations would continue to be held amidst strict enforcement of Covid-19 guidelines like wearing of masks and maintaining social distancing, a senior official said.
The CM further said that all train passengers returning to Bihar from Maharashtra would be tested for Covid-19 at railway stations.
Kumar said necessary arrangements had been made at railways stations for testing of passengers.
The train passengers who would be found Covid-19 positive would be sent to the isolation centres, while those found negative would be allowed to go home but with certain instructions, the CM said.
Nitish also revealed that altogether 17 train passengers from Maharashtra were found positive during their screening at a local railway station on Friday.
The CM also announced that the state government would soon convene an all-party meeting under the chairmanship of governor to take views of different political parties on how to tackle the pandemic.
He said PM Narendra Modi, during his video conference with the CMs on Thursday, suggested that the state government should convene all-party meetings under the chairmanship of governor.
“We spoke to governor Phagu Chauhan on this issue. The all-party meet will be convened in the next few days. The date will be announced soon,” the CM said.
CM also said as per the PM’s suggestion, the state government would launch a special vaccination drive from April 11 to 14. Four lakh people per day would be vaccinated in the state during the four-day special drive, he said.
“PM Modi said during the meeting that April 11 is the birth anniversary of social reformer Jyotirao Phule, while April 14 is the birth anniversary of Babasaheb Bhim Rao Ambedkar. We should observe “Tika Utsav” from April 11 to 14,” the CM said.
The CM further said right now his government has enforced partial lockdown in the state.
The government is reviewing the Covid-19 situation on a daily basis. If the situation deteriorates further, the government might think of imposing night curfew. However, yet no decision has been taken on enforcing night curfew in the state, the CM said.
Earlier in the day, the CM held a high-level meeting with top officials to review the Covid-19 situation in the state.
Several decisions regarding the enforcement of certain restrictions were taken at the meeting.
Speaking at the meeting, Nitish stressed the need of increasing the number of testing and vaccination across the state. He asked the officials to make necessary arrangements to open quarantine centres at subdivision level.