Maharashtra bans political, spiritual and social gatherings, imposes new lockdown in some areas as COVID-19 circumstances rise

Mumbai: Maharashtra, the worst COVID-19-hit state in India, banned political, spiritual and social gatherings and imposed a brand new lockdown in some areas on Sunday (February 21, 2021) amid a spike in coronavirus confirmed circumstances.

Maharashtra’s Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray stated that the every day COVID-19 circumstances within the state had risen to nearly 7,00zero from about 2,00zero in January. He additionally demanded stricter measures from Monday to include the unfold of the virus in Maharashtra’s 4 districts and added that the brand new coronavirus-related restrictions might be imposed past these districts if wanted.

Uddhav Thackeray in a televised handle stated, “The second wave has been knocking on our door. Whether or not it has come or not will likely be confirmed within the subsequent eight to fifteen days.”

Maharashtra on Sunday reported 6,971 new COVID-19 confirmed circumstances, whereas 2,417 individuals recovered from the virus prior to now 24 hours.

In keeping with the state’s well being minister Rajesh Tope, Maharashtra’s COVID-19 depend has now surged to 21,00,884, of which, 19,94,947 have recovered and 51,788  have succumbed to the virus. The state nonetheless has 52,956 energetic coronavirus circumstances.

Political, spiritual and social gatherings to be banned in Maharashtra from Monday

Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray introduced that each one the political, spiritual and social gatherings will likely be prohibited within the state from Monday. He stated that the political agitations won’t be allowed for the subsequent few days as they entice a crowd. Thackeray said, “The pandemic is elevating its head within the state, however whether or not it’s one other wave or not, will probably be identified in eight to fifteen days.”

The Maharashtra Chief Minister added that the lockdown might not be the answer to COVID-19, however it’s the solely choice to interrupt the cycle of the virus. He stated, “Lockdown just isn’t the way in which out, however stopping bodily contact is the way in which to interrupt the transmission chain. A century in the past, there was the Spanish Flu. Then additionally masking up, washing arms, sustaining bodily distancing was the technique used.”

Uddhav Thackeray stated that COVID-appropriate behaviour is a should and people violating the principles will likely be punished. He famous {that a} face masks is the one ‘defend’ within the conflict towards the COVID-19 outbreak.

New COVID-19 lockdown in Maharashtra?

Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray posed a query to the residents within the state and requested if the federal government ought to impose a lockdown. He stated he’ll search the reply within the coming eight days.

“Those that don’t need a lockdown will observe protocols like utilizing masks, washing arms and protecting bodily distance. Individuals who desire a lockdown once more will flout these guidelines. Allow us to see who desires a lockdown, and who doesn’t. I’m very clear about this,” Maharashtra CM stated.

7-day lockdown in Maharashtra’s Amravati from Monday

Maharashtra’s Amravati will likely be positioned beneath a week-long lockdown from Monday night, stated Cupboard Minister Yashomati Thakur. Solely important providers will likely be allowed to perform within the space and the authorities additional warned that the lockdown might be prolonged if individuals don’t observe COVID-19 norms. Earlier within the day, Maharashtra Minister Vijay Wadettiwar stated, “In view of rising COVID-19 circumstances in districts like Nagpur, Amravati and Yatvmal, the Maharashtra Authorities is considering of imposing an evening curfew within the districts. A gathering will likely be chaired by the Chief Minister quickly to decide.”

Pune shuts faculties and faculties, imposes evening curfew until February 28

The district administration in Pune metropolis introduced to shut all the tutorial establishments to curb the sudden rise in coronavirus circumstances. Town additionally imposed an evening curfew, the place, from 11 pm to six am, no public motion will likely be allowed apart from these concerned in important providers.

Improve surveillance, conduct extra RT-PCR checks: Centre tells states

The Centre on Sunday directed states to extend the surveillance and conduct extra RT-PCR checks. India has been witnessing rising COVID-19 circumstances over the previous few days and the full energetic caseload elevated to 1,45,634 on Sunday.

“Of late, it’s seen that there was a spike within the every day circumstances in Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh additionally. Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir too are witnessing a surge in every day new circumstances,” stated the Ministry of Well being and Household Welfare.

The Centre has suggested all these states to work on the next main areas:

1. Enhance the general testing numbers by specializing in rising the proportion of RT-PCR checks.

2. All unfavourable Fast Antigen Check outcomes to be mandatorily adopted by RT-PCR check and no such unfavourable individuals are to be missed.

3. Refocus on strict and complete surveillance in addition to stringent containment in chosen districts.

4. Common monitoring of the mutant strains by way of testing adopted by Genome Sequencing, in addition to monitoring of the rising cluster of circumstances.

5. Specializing in scientific administration in districts reporting greater deaths.

(With inputs from businesses)

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