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In order to rein in galloping coronavirus surge, the state government in Bihar has imposed lockdown till 15 May. Bihar CM Nitish Kumar said that the decision was taken amid the rise in Covid-19 cases.

Detailed guidelines regarding the lockdown will be decided by the Crisis Management Group, he said. The decision was taken on Monday after discussions with ministers and government officials, he added.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had earlier called on states to only consider lockdowns as a last resort.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi today tweeted saying that the only way to stop the spread of coronavirus was a full lockdown.

Bihar reported 11,407 new COVID-19 cases on Monday and 82 more deaths. The caseload of the state went up to 5,09,047, with capital Patna being the worst hit. Out of 82 new deaths, Patna accounted for 24 casualties while Muzaffarpur reported 13 fatalities, Madhepura (6) and West Champaran (5). Among the 11,407 new cases, Patna's share was 2028, the health bulletin said. Other major COVID-hit districts are Gaya with 662 cases, Muzaffarpur (653) and Begusarai (510).

On the vaccination front, 72,658 beneficiaries were administered jabs Monday while a total of 74,18,981 people have been inoculated in the 45-plus age group to date.

The state is yet to start vaccination for the 18 plus population due to the non-availability of the additional stock. Like in the past, chief minister Nitish Kumar visited many parts of the capital town to see whether COVID restrictions were followed strictly or not.

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