Patna: As coronavirus death toll rose to 7 in the country today, Bihar registered its first Covid-19 death in the state on Saturday, authorities declared on Sunday. The deceased, a 38-year-old man from Munger though was admitted at All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Patna for the treatment of Kidney aime ts and was undergoing dialysis. However, doctors said he was also suffering from severe respiratory issues and tests confirmed him suffering from coronavirus. There are at least six more suspected patients in AIIMS, Patna who are awaiting their test results.
Meanwhile, state authorities have been in alert mode as more and more migrants have started returning to Bihar from different states. They are being screened in isolation at railway stations.
In New Dehi on Sunday morning, the Cabinet Secretary and the Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister reviewed the prevailing situation at a high level meeting with Chief Secretaries of states. All the Chief Secretaries informed that there was “overwhelming and spontaneous” response to the call for Janta Curfew given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In view of the need to contain the spread of COVID 19, it was agreed that there is urgent need to extend the restrictions on the movement of non-essential passenger transport including inter-state transport buses till 31st March 2020. Following detailed discussions, the State Governments were advised to issue appropriate orders to allow only essential services to operate in the 75 districts which have reported confirmed cases or casualties relating to COVID 19.
“The State Governments may expand the list depending on their assessment of the situation,” a Cabinet Secretariat release stated . Several State Governments have already issued orders in this regard. The government meanwhile has decided the following:
· All train services suspended till 31st March 2020 including sub-urban rail services. However, goods trains are exempted.
· All metro rail services suspended till 31st March 2020. State Governments to issue orders allowing only essential services to operate in about 75 districts with confirmed COVID 19 cases.
· Inter State passenger transport also to be suspended till 31st March 2020.