COVID Cases On A Rise In Maharashtra, New Guidelines Issued By Government
Fearing a third wave of the Coronavirus, several cities in Maharashtra including Mumbai, Pune and Amravati have been put on high alert and measures such as night curfew and shutting down of schools and colleges in Pune are already in effect by the Uddhav Thackeray government
As Maharashtra stands first amongst the five states of India that have recorded a fresh surge in Coronavirus cases, new measures have been implemented to control the situation. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is keeping a strict watch on those flouting COVID guidelines and penalising defaulters. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s administration concluded an emergency meeting and several districts in the state including Amravati, Yavatmal and Nagpur have been placed on high-alert with night curfew restrictions and local lockdowns.
In Mumbai alone, 897 cases were recorded on Saturday, while three people lost their lives to the virus. With over 6,000 cases and 40 deaths recently, there is a lurking fear of a possible third wave of the contagion. Local police raided D Mart superstore in Kalyan on Saturday and found major gaps in the rules followed. With more than 900 people in the store at the same time, many were found without face masks and breaching social distancing protocols. A case has been lodged against the manager of the branch. Apart from this, the civic body has sealed 1,305 buildings housing over 71,838 families in the wake of the surge.
In Pune, from today a night curfew has started from 11 pm to 6 am, while all schools and colleges have been ordered to shut down till 28 February.
In cities like Amravati and Akola, doctors are observing a more transmissible version of the contagion in which pneumonia is setting in during the early stages of the infection, making the patient more vulnerable to death. According to a senior doctor, if the situation is not controlled in a span of 15 days between the Nagpur to Aurangabad stretch, the whole country faces the threat of the virus again. There is a complete restriction in Amravati from 8 pm to 6 am till 1 March, during when everything except for medical emergencies and essential services will remain shut.
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