The Maharashtra government on Saturday, February 20, announced that several districts have reimposed fresh restrictions to control the growing number of cases. Total eight districts in the state have reported an average eight per cent spike in new cases of coronavirus over the last week. These districts have been identified as Pune, Nasik, Nagpur, Wardha, Yavatmal, Amravati, Akola and Buldhana.
As the sudden surge in COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra has become worrying at a time when the overall pandemic situation in the country is in control. As a result, to curb the spread of coronavirus cases, measures such as lockdown, weekend lockdown, night curfew are reappearing.
On Friday, February 19, the administration imposed a 10-day lockdown in Yavatmal due to a recent spurt in coronavirus cases. Earlier, the government had imposed a weekend lockdown in Amravati and Akola district.
According to the latest update, the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has now imposed a 50 per cent restriction capacity on wedding halls and said that only 20 people will be allowed in funerals. Buildings with more than five cases will be sealed and people under home quarantine would be stamped on their hands.
Meanwhile, the markets in wardha district will be closed by 7 pm and eateries are allowed to operate only till 9 pm.
To impose complete lockdown, district authorities will need permission from the Centre as the Centre in its series of unlocking guidelines emphasised more on reopening in a controlled manner. Hence, these fresh orders are not being called lockdowns.
The Vidarbha region of Maharashtra is seeing a sudden uptick in the number of COVID-19 cases. Out of 11 districts in the region, the five worst-hit are Amravati, Yavatmal, Akola, Buldana and Washim.
On Friday, February 19, the state recorded more than 6,000 new COVID-19 cases in a span of 24 hours, the biggest single-day spike in the last three months. At least 6,112 people tested positive for the infection on one day.