New Delhi, July 14 (PTI): There will be a total lockdown in Bihar from July 16-31 to contain the spread of COVID-19, Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi on Tuesday announced.
On his official Twitter handle, Modi said the 15-day lockdown will remain in force at all municipal, district, sub divisional and block headquarters level and that guidelines were being prepared.
'The government has taken a decision to this effect... Corona has neither any vaccine nor any medicine,' Modi said in a virtual rally, details of which were shared on his Twitter handle.
The move comes close on the heels of recent spike in positive cases which had necessitated lockdowns, imposed by the local administrations, in several districts.
Bihar recorded the worst single-day spike of 1,432 COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, which pushed the total tally in the state to 18,853, the health department said.
Of the 1,432 cases, Patna reported the maximum number of patients at 162, followed by East Champaran at 124, Begusarai at 114, Nalanda at 107, Nawada at 92, Bhagalpur at 61, West Champaran at 58, Siwan at 55 and Muzaffarpur at 54.
Notably, Tuesday marked the third consecutive day when Bihar reported fresh COVID-19 cases in four digits.
The previous biggest single-day increase was registered on Sunday when 1,266 people had tested positive for the infection.
The department also said that 12,364 people have recovered from the disease so far, while the number of fatalities till Monday stood at 134.