Maharashtra Amaravati, district collector Shailesh Naval Thursday announced a new lockdown in the district after it was proven that coronavirus cases continue to increase in the area rather than decreasing.
“Owing to rising cases, lockdown declared in Amravati District from Saturday 8 pm to Monday 7 am,” Naval told reporters. I advise all the people of the district to adhere to Covid guidelines failing which strict action will be taken by the concerned authorities,” he added.
The Yavatmal district also tightened its Covid-19 control measures with the District Collector, MD Singh saying, “Restrictions are being put in place in Yavatmal district due to rising Covid cases. It is not a lockdown.”
Maharashtra disclosed 5,427 new COVID-19 cases, 2,543 discharges, and 38 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to State Health Department Thursday. This brings the total number of cases in the state to 20,81,520. The total recovery case is 19,87,804, while the active cases are 40,858, and the death toll stands at 51,669.
Ajit Pawar said, “People should follow the Covid guidelines strictly as the virus is still here,” while adding that lockdown should be immediately imposed in Amaravati, Akola, and Yawatmal.
“The Covid 19 positive patients growth percentage is higher in these three districts. When people do not follow the rules, then lockdown is the only option,” he added.
Meanwhile, on February 16, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray instructed senior officials to consider taking strict action against people or organizations who break Covid-19 rules.
He said, “If people do not wear masks or follow Covid rules, then the district and police administration has the responsibility to strictly enforce these rules. They must take strict punitive and necessary action without showing any leniency.”