Buldhana: Considering the rise in number of COVID-19 positive cases in the district, the Buldhana administration has decided to extend the lockdown from July 7 to July 21 midnight to prevent the spread of the infection. The authorities have issued certain norms that is to be followed by the citizens during the period of lockdown to contain corona pandemic, appealed Dr Rajendra Shingne, Guardian Minister while addressing a press conference at the hall of Planning Committee in Collectorate today.
Dr. Shingne further mentioned that administration has already issued orders of total lockdown till July 15 in Malkapur, Nandura and Motala tehsils. Lockdown will be continued in these tehsil still July 21.
Excluding Malkapur Sub-Division, all the shops will remain open from 9 am to 3 pm during the lockdown. But, the strict curfew will be implemented from 3 pm to 9 am the next day. Administration will issue passes to people who are engaged in emergency services.
Speaking further, the Guardian Minister said that a proposal has been sent to Government for setting up a COVID testing lab in the district with the estimated cost of Rs 1.50 crore. Similarly, 10 health employees including a doctor will be required for the lab.
Presently, the swab samples collected from the district are sent to Akola, Yavatmal and Nagpur for testing. A new lab is proposed at Jalana and swabs samples will be sent there once it gets started. It will help in early detection of positive cases. Buldana disitrict has received 2,000 rapid antigen test kits that show results in just 30 minutes.
As per the new norms only one person will be allowed on the two-wheeler and only 50 percent of the total capacity of passengers will be allowed in three and four-wheeler vehicles, the Minister appealed the people to take necessary precautions and maintain physical distancing.