Bhopal: A Cabinet minister of the Madhya Pradesh government has tested positive for COVID-19. He has been admitted to a hospital in Bhopal.

Arvind Bhadoria, also the state vice president for the BJP in Madhya Pradesh attended the last rites ceremony of Governor Lalji Tandon. He had also attended the state Cabinet meeting on Wednesday (July 21).

Meanwhile, the Madhya Pradesh government announced on Wednesday that lockdown will be imposed in Bhopal for ten days beginning July 24 night due to a steady rise in COVID-19 cases.

The state on Wednesday recorded 747 new COVID-19 cases, taking the cumulative count to 24,842 in the state, officials said.

With 14 more people succumbing to the viral infection, the death toll went up to 770. The state now has 7,236 active cases.

During the day, Bhopal reported the highest number of cases at 157 in the state, taking its tally to 4,669 and death toll to 144.

"In view of prevalence of COVID-19 in Bhopal, a decision has been taken to impose lockdown for 10 days beginning 8 pm on Friday (July 24)," home minister Narottam Mishra told reporters.

Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan tweeted, "During this period, the uninterrupted supply of essential commodities including fruits and vegetables, medicines, and milk will continue. I request you to follow all the rules".

Mishra said e-passes will be required like earlier lockdown for to and fro travel to Bhopal.

He said the next Cabinet meeting will be held through video conferencing.