Nagpur of Maharashtra imposes seven days of full lockdown, which is necessary to continue. Here’s info
On Thursday, the Maharashtra administration agreed to enforce a week-long lock in the Nagpur district of the state, from 15 to 21 March, because of the increase in new coronavirus cases.
Nevertheless, vital services such as fruit and vegetable shops and milk stands will remain available. Liquor can only be available online during the lockdown.
‘The entire lockout is being enforced from March 15 to March 21 in the Nagpur City Police Commissioner’s sector,’ said Nagpur Guardian Minister Nitin Raut, adding that critical services are going to continue in the district.
Raut chaired a meeting of high-ranking district officials and told reporters that the Nagpur Police Commissioner would implement the lock-out from 15 to 21 March.
Raut also said that people should not step out improperly.
This is one day after the Shiv Sena cautioned against strict restrictions in an editorial in its “Saamana” mouthpiece.
“Does Maharashtra go to another lockdown? Country-wide cases are growing and the contribution of Maharashtra is a major cause of concern… People should be self-disciplinary and restrain themselves. Take care, else locking or strict restrictions is inevitable, “The publishing house said.
‘More parts of Maharashtra may be locked up’
Uddhav Thackeray, Chief Minister for Maharashtra also said more parts of the state could be locked down because virus cases have risen in the state for almost a month.
“There could be areas in the next few days where lockdowns are likely. In the next few days, we will take the decision, “After receiving his first Covid-19 shot, CM Thackeray said.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra reported 13,659 new cases on Wednesday in Covid-19, the highest one-day spike this year that crossed 22,52,057 in the state.
Nagpur District reported a fresh increase in cases of coronavirus and on Wednesday 1,710 people tested positive for the deadly virus. Together, Vidarbha’s eleven districts have reported a new high of 3,934 Covid-19 instances.
One problem area, Amravati district, reported 554 new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday followed by Yavatmal in 429, Akola in 391 and Buldhana in 385, and Washim in 117, all of them in the division of Amravati.
Wardha has reported 191 new cases of coronavirus in the Nagpur district. However, the other districts of that division still had a lower case count: Bhadara (37), Gondia (26), Chandrapur (63), and Gadchiroli (31).
District of Nagpur reported eight fatalities a day, followed by the six of Amravati, five of Yavatmal, three of Buldhana, two of Akola, and one of Wardha. No death was registered in the other five districts.
Since the second week of February, cases of coronavirus in Maharashtra have increased.
Maha forms a seven-point action plan to contain Covid
The Maharashtra Health Department has established a seven-point action plan to monitor the growth of coronaviruses, including the testing of near touch, fast contact tracing, mass hot-spot testing, and death tests.
All district authorities were directed to take immediate action on these points in a letter dated 3 March from the Chief Secretary of the Health Department, Dr. Pradeep Vyas.
The action plan often requires strict adherence to social, political, and religious norms, and involves civil society and religious leaders to encourage people to behave properly in Covid-19.
The action plan was drafted after observations by a team from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of the Union, which recently visited Nagpur, Amravati, Yavatmal, Thane, Pune, and Mumbai, where Covi’s cases showed an increase.