Maharashtra slaps restrictions again as new COVID-19 cases spike

Maharashtra slaps restrictions again as new COVID-19 cases spike

India reported 13,979 new COVID-19 incidences on Sunday. The total confirmed cases have risen to 1,10,05,071, while the active infections remained at 1,47,100. The nation saw 9,476 recoveries and 79 deaths from the infection in the past 24 hours. The total recoveries have surged to 1,06,97,014, while the death toll went up to 1,56,418.

Maharashtra saw a spike of 6,971 fresh COVID-19 cases on Sunday. The total confirmed cases in the state went up to 21,00,884, and the active infections also surged to 52,956. The registered 2,417 recoveries in the past 24 hours. The overall recoveries have risen to 19,94,947 and the death toll spiked to 51,788 with 35 fatalities recorded yesterday. The state banned political, religious and social gatherings and imposed a new lockdown in some areas on Sunday amid a spike in coronavirus confirmed cases.

Maharashtra’s Amravati will be placed under a week-long lockdown from Monday 8 pm, said cabinet minister Yashomati Thakur. Only essential services will be allowed to function in the area and the authorities further warned that the lockdown could be extended if people do not follow COVID-19 norms. Cinema houses, gyms, swimming pools, parks will remain shut and gatherings for entertainment, educational, cultural, religious purposes etc will not be permitted. Apart from the 7-day lockdown in Amravati, certain restrictions will be in place in four other districts of the Amravati division namely Akola, Washim, Buldhana and Yavatmal.

Maharashtra’s chief minister Uddhav Thackeray demanded stricter measures from Monday to contain the spread of the virus in Maharashtra’s four districts and added that the new coronavirus-related restrictions could be imposed beyond these districts if needed.

The district administration in Pune city announced to close all the educational institutions to curb the sudden rise in coronavirus cases. The city also imposed a night curfew, where, from 11 pm to 6 am, no public movement will be allowed except for those involved in essential services.

Kerala reported 4,070 new cases, 4,345 recoveries and 15 deaths on Sunday. The total caseload of the state stood at 10,34,658. The active infections declined to 58,316. The overall recoveries have risen to 9,71,975 as the death toll mounted to 4,090.

Meanwhile, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike’s (BBMP) Commissioner N Manjunath Prasad has directed health officials to identify and report any new cases and clusters, apart from including the data in relevant epidemiological analyses.

The action was put forth during a review meeting to discuss the effect of the spike in COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra and Kerala and its subsequent impact on the city. The state government has already issued directions on measures to be initiated to screen travellers from the two neighbouring states. The commissioner stressed the need for comprehensive contact tracing and cluster investigations.

India has administered around 1,10,85,173 vaccine doses till Sunday, according to the health ministry data.

Meanwhile, healthcare professionals and other frontline medical workers who skip COVID-19 vaccination won’t get financial help from the authorities for treatment if they get infected later and won’t be allowed to take quarantine or isolation leave, the Punjab health minister Balbir Sidhu said on Sunday.

The state government has taken a serious view of reports that some healthcare workers are choosing not to get vaccinated, amid rising cases of COVID-19 in some states and a low rate of inoculation in Punjab.