As COVID-19 positive cases increase daily in Bihar due to the shortage of oxygen, beds and antiviral drugs in hospitals, the State Section of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) and heads of four government hospitals in Patna have urged the government to impose a 15-day lockdown.

“The point of view of medical experts must be taken into account. IMA, Bihar Section, urges the government to impose a 15-day lockdown in the state to curb the rise of COVID-19, ”said Ajay Kumar, IMA Vice President, Bihar Section.

Likewise, the heads of four public hospitals of the Indian Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Patna, Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (IGIMS), Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) and Nalanda Medical College and Hospitals (NMCH) have also urged the government for a similar lockdown.

“If the lockdown had been imposed earlier, the situation would have been more under control,” said Binod Kumar Singh, superintendent of NMCH, while PMCH director Vidyapati Choudhary appreciated the restrictions imposed by the government of Bihar, “ but the lockdown would bring the situation back under control. he said. NR Biswas of IGIMS said that “there should be a 15 day lockdown immediately imposed in Bihar” and AIIMS, Patna director PK Singh also supported his point.

Meanwhile, the government of Bihar declared all journalists accredited and approved by the district public relations departments as frontline agents and ordered the officials concerned to ensure vaccination of all journalists on a priority basis.

On May 10, the government must appoint 1,000 doctors through a “walk-in” interview following the new challenges of COVID-19.

Ashok Modi, younger brother of former chief vice-minister and BJP member Rajya Sabha Sushil Kumar Modi, chief postmaster Anil Kumar and poet Shanti Jain died on Sunday from COVID-19 in Patna .

As many as 13,534 new positive cases have been reported in the state with 97 deaths in the past 24 hours. Patna district reported the highest number of new infected cases on Sunday with 2,748 people. So far, the recovery rate has been 77.36%.