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Covid: Hemant’s office gets into firefighting mode over ‘lockdown’ buzz

Ranchi: Jharkhand government got into firefighting mode after a purportedly letter of the health department to state disaster management department went viral on social media recommending night curfew, closure of schools, parks and other curbs to contain the spread of covid-19 virus in the state.

Chief minister Hemant Soren’s office via twitter issued a statement asking people to not believe any rumors about ‘lockdown’. The tweet, originally in Hindi, read: “All the departments were asked to give their suggestions on ways to curb the covid-19 pandemics in light of growing cases. State disaster management authority is scheduled to hold a meeting on Monday (January 3) where in everything will be analyzed threadbare to take a concrete decision. Till then, people shouldn’t believe any rumours.”

Earlier in the day, a letter addressed by the additional chief secretary Arun Kumar Singh went viral on all forms of social media where in the health department has recommending night curfew from 6pm to 6am in the state. Other recommendations included closure of parks, gyms, stadiums, schools et al in the wake of surging cases. It also recommended that doubled vaccine certificate be treated as movement pass for intra-state and inter-state travelers. Restaurants too are advised to be closed while home delivery may continue to be in force, private offices must function at 50 percent capacity among others.