Patna: The Nitish Kumar-led NDA government in Bihar on Tuesday imposed a complete lockdown in the state till May 15 in wake of the unprecedented spike in coronavirus cases across the country.

In a Tweet in Hindi, Kumar said that the lockdown has been imposed in the state after analysing the current situation in Bihar, adding that the Crisis Management Group has been directed to issue the appropriate guidelines.

This comes a day after the Patna High Court pulled up the Nitish Kumar government over the management of the COVID-19 crisis and directed it to “enforce lockdown or the court will order it”.

Noting that it had ordered the Bihar government to prepare a comprehensive action plan for COVID-19 management on April 15, the Patna High Court on Monday said that the state has “completely failed” to control the surge in cases.

“There is no action plan with you. Whatever plan you’ve submitted is not up to the mark and no effective steps have been taken since April 15. Everything is an eyewash,” the High Court had observed.

Here it is important to mention that the Supreme Court had also observed that the Centre and state governments can impose lockdowns to control the COVID situation.

Bihar is one of the worst-hit states in India where COVID-19 cases have rising at an alarming rate that has led to shortage of essential medical equipement in the state.

The state in the last 24 hours reported over 11,400 fresh infections and 82 fatalities that took its total caseload and death toll 5.09 lakh and 2,821 respectively.

On the other hand, over 3.98 lakh COVID-19 patients have recovered in Bihar, taking the state’s recovery rate to 78.29 per cent.

On the vaccination front, 72,658 beneficiaries were administered jabs Monday while a total of 74,18,981 people have been inoculated in the 45-plus age group till the date.

Bihar, however, is yet to start vaccination for 18 plus population due to non-availability of the additional stock.