The Haryana government on Sunday announced a seven-day lockdown in the state starting May 3. Earlier, a shutdown weekend was imposed in nine districts of the state on April 30.

Seven days of full lockdown announced across Haryana from May 3 [sic.]Said a tweet from Haryana Home Secretary Anil Vij informing of the government’s decision.

Previously, the government had imposed weekend lockdowns in nine districts – Gurugram, Faridabad, Rohtak, Sonipat, Karnal, Panchkula, Hisar, Sirsa and Fatehabad – from 10 p.m. on April 30 to 5 a.m. on May 3.

Haryana has 1,020,516 active cases of COVID-19 and 4,341 patients, including 1,506 women, have died to date from the infection. The state has a positivity rate of 6.76% and a death rate of 0.87%. The recovery rate is 78.70%.

Earlier today, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal, in a meeting with medics and officials at Sonipat, said the state’s oxygen quota had been increased to 257 MT and that the number of oxygen beds would now be increased. The chief minister said that an oxygen plant would be installed in Karnal, Panchkula, Hisar, Sirsa and Faridabad and the necessary equipment has been received. Mr Lal said that 100 doctors were ready for a degree course at Bhagat Phool Singh Government Medical College in Khanpur and would be sent to different districts as needed.

He said a daily medical liquid oxygen audit should be performed at all hospitals across the state so that there is no oxygen shortage for any COVID-19 patient.

He called on voluntary organizations to come forward to provide essential items to patients in isolation at home.

The chief minister ordered officials not to disrupt the flow of food products due to the lockdown and that the price list for products should be posted outside grocery stores to prevent black market marketing.