Bhopal:As Madhya Pradesh reported its first death due to COVID-19 and 11 more positive patients – one each in Bhopal and Ujjain and nine in Indore — the total number of positive patients increased to 20 on Wednesday. All the four major cities -- Bhopal, Jabalpur, Gwalior and Indore -- have been put under curfew.
With the death of a 65-year-old woman due to COVID-19 on Wednesday, soon after another woman tested positive, Ujjain collector Shashank Mishra clamped curfew in the district and issued strict instructions to residents to remain indoors.
“The woman was under treatment and was tested positive for COVID-19. Her oxygen saturation level was low and her condition was complicated by diabetes and respiratory issues. She passed away on Wednesday,” Indore district collector Lokesh Kumar Jatav said.
The shocking thing in her death is that the woman did not have any travel history, and was admitted to an Ujjain hospital with cough and cold symptoms on March 22. She was referred to MY Hospital in Indore after her condition deteriorated.
Jatav said that laid down protocols had been followed in disposing of the dead body. “We have ensured that it is covered in body suit and disinfected. Staff involved in preparing the body wore protective gear,” he said.
The woman’s body was taken to Ujjain in the disinfected body bag by her family members in the evening and buried in Hammalwadi graveyard.
The woman hailed from a family of eight. Her son, a contractual worker with Ujjain Municipal Corporation, said his mother had not left Ujjain in the past four months. She remained at home during most of the day. “Nobody who had visited places outside Ujjain has met our family members or visited our house,” he calimed.
Ujjain health and administrative officials have rushed to Jansapura area where the woman resided and are in the process of screening the residents. Health officials have quarantined at least 40 persons in Jansapura area of Ujjain for next 14 days as a precaution.
Curfew in Gwalior, Ujjain and Indore
In Gwalior, the curfew was earlier announced till March 25, but was extended for one month till April 21, with some riders. “Six reports were received today and all are negative. As a precaution, we are extending the curfew till April 21, in Gwalior, though it is being done with some relaxations related to essential services. Around 100 people have been traced who had come into contact with one positive patient of the city and all of them have been put in home quarantine. The situation is being closely monitored,” district collector Gwalior, KaushlendraVikram Singh, informed the media.
After nine patients were found to be positive, curfew was imposed in Indore, too. Jabalpur is already under curfew. “A total of 366 people have been put under home quarantine and 21 are under hospital quarantine. One report was received today and it was negative,” district collector Bharat Yadav said.
Besides curfew in the four major towns, the entire state has been put under lockdown till April 14.
However, considering that crops in the state are ready for harvest, the state government on Wednesday relaxed the movement of the vehicles used in agriculture during the curfew. In some districts, police had to take several measures like shaming the lockdown violators or taking action against them.
In several districts, including Jabalpur, civic bodies drew circles in front of grocery and medicine shops to ensure social distancing during purchase of goods, added sources.
Relief Announced for Poor, Senior Citizens
As COVID-19 grips the state, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Wednesday announced free treatment to patients and financial assistance to the poor and students.
Chouhan also warned of strict action against blackmarketing and hoarding of essential
“The government will provide two months advance to all beneficiaries availing social security pension and announced Rs 1,000 as assistance to the labourers. We have also instructed the officials to deposit Rs 156 crore to the accounts of 65.91 lakh students under the mid-day meal benefit scheme,” said Chouhan in a special address to the public on Wednesday.
The chief minister also stressed to observe complete lockdown in the state in view of Prime Minister NarendraModi'scall. He said 46 lakh pensioners would getRs 600 per month under social security pension which amounts to Rs 275 crore per month. The government will also provide Rs 1,000 each to labourers and Rs 2.20 lakh to Saharia, Baiga and Bhariatribals as advance to help them meet their expenses, he said.
“The government will also ensure payment to private hospitals under Ayushman scheme," he said. Voluntary organisations will be involved to distribute food packets to the affected destitute people, he said.
Earlier the chief minister held a video conference with district authorities instructing proper security to medical staff, supply and logistics and unabated supply of essential goods. He said responsibility of senior officials be fixed to ensure flawless working and management.
Chouhan also announced sops for farmers and assured that arrangements will be made for procurement of Rabi crops, supply of fertiliser, seeds, urea and other necessary items will be maintained.