PATNA, March 23 -- Jolted by the report of the first casualty of coronavirus disease, chief minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday ordered the statewide lockdown with immediate effect.

The lockdown, initially ordered till March 31, may continue further, depending upon the spread of the disease, said an official.

The decision to resort to the harsh step to contain the disease following a meeting of the chief minister with senior officers, including chief secretary Deepak Kumar and principal secretary, health, Sanjay Kumar in the wake of death of first patient suffering from coronavirus disease or Covid-19.

As per the government's notification issue on Sunday evening, all government offices from the secretariat to the block levels and local bodie...