Bhopal, Aug 1 (PTI) The Madhya Pradesh government on Saturday launched the 14-day second phase of its 'Kill Corona' campaign by banning stone-laying ceremonies, public rallies and preventing elected representatives from meeting more than five persons at a time in their homes of offices.

The earlier phase of the campaign, from July 1 to July 15, comprised intense door-to-door health check-ups.

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Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Saturday said a public awareness campaign would be held as part of phase 2 from August 1 to August 14 to break the COVID-19 chain fully.

In order maintain economic activities, no lockdown order will be issued at the district level without prior permission from the state government, the CM said.

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No tour programmes, bhumi pujan, stone laying etc will be organised by public representatives during this period, though they can be held through video-conferencing, Chouhan said.

During this period, political rallies will also be banned, though virtual ones can be organised, the CM added.

Public representatives can meet not more than five people at a time in their homes or offices.

Wearing masks and maintaining social distancing will be compulsory, and violators will be fined and subjected to more legal action.

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