Bihar has reported almost 12000 COVID19 cases in last five days.  From July 25 to July 30, the cases have jumped from 36,314 to 48,001 in the state.  

Patna: The Bihar Government on Thursday decided to extend lockdown by August 16. As the COVID 19 cases continue to surge in the state, this lockdown has been imposed for the citizens.

The notification issued by the state home department said that restrictions will continue to remain in force in State headquarter, district headquarter, sub-divisonal headquarter, blocks and all municipal areas in the state with effect from August 1 till August 16. The official confirmed that Air and rail travel have been allowed to continue and offices, banks, and other offices would function with minimal staff strength. Nitish Kumar-led government is fighting the war on two fronts – flood and COVID19 simultaneously. The state has reported total 48,001 COVID19 cases so far. The tally includes total 2082 cases reported on Thursday.

Bihar has reported almost 12000 COVID19 cases in last five days.  From July 25 to July 30, the cases have jumped from 36,314 to 48,001 in the state.  

As CM Nitish Kumar is under continuous attack from the opposition for the mismanagement of COVID19 in the state, he appointed new health principal secretary. The new principal secretary faces lots o hurdles in the fight against the deadly virus.

The major challenges before Bihar health department is to provide uninterrupted supply of rapid antigen kits to all primary health centres, regular monitoring and updating of data and increasing the number of sample collections at the block level.

Other important measures to prevent the spread of COVID19 include ensuring proper supply of oxygen cylinders in every district. The health department needs to take step immediately to reduce the load of testing at the different centres in the state.  Districts in the state need to prepare isolation centers.  And, ensuring the quality treatment of COVID19 patients at the district level  is another major hurdles to prevent the spread of deadly virus.

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