Jharkhand extends 'janata curfew' till Monday morning

Ranchi (IANS) The Jharkhand government, here on Sunday, extended the 'janata curfew' till Monday despite the state reporting no coronavirus positive case.

"The janata curfew has been extended till Monday morning. Of the 58 suspected cases in the state, 45 have tested negative. The report of the rest is awaited. There is no confirmed case in the state," Nitin Kulkarni, Jharkhand Health Secretary, told IANS.

On any partial lockdown, he said, "We will review the situation on Monday and then take any decision."

On Saturday, Jharkhand Chief Secretary D.K. Tewary wrote to the Railway Board Chairman requesting non-entry of trains from outside till March 31. The Railway Ministry on Sunday decided to stop movement of passenger trains till March 31. The entry of buses into state has also been banned.

The 'janata curfew' received tremendous support in the state with shops remaining shut and people staying at home. At 5 p.m. people came in their balconies or outside their homes beating utensils and blowing coanch to express their gratitude to coronavirus warriers fighting to tackle the epidemic.

"People should not listen to rumours of coronavirus. The state government is taking suitable measures to deal with the situation. Directions have been issued to create isolation wards at the panchayat level," said Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren.

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