As Maharashtra sees renewed COVID-19 spike, native authorities impose weekend lockdowns, night time curfews
The state authorities has additionally determined to strategy the Centre for permission to start the third section of the vaccination drive sooner than the scheduled date
The Maharashtra authorities has imposed restrictions in a number of districts to curb an increase within the COVID-19 circumstances this week. On Friday, the state reported 6,112 new circumstances within the span of 24 hours, which is the very best single-day spike within the final three months.
Authorities in locations like Mumbai, Pune, Nasik, Nagpur, Wardha, Yavatmal, Amravati, Akola and Buldhana have resorted to weekend lockdowns and night time curfews to attempt to management the sudden surge of circumstances.
The state authorities has additionally reportedly determined to strategy the Centre for permission to start the third section of the vaccination drive sooner than the scheduled date. The third section of inoculation has been deliberate for individuals above the age of fifty and folks with comorbidities and is ready to start in March.
The Instances of India quoted Maharashtra technical advisor Dr Subhash Salunkhe as saying, “In Maharashtra and Kerala, the place there is a rise in circumstances in pockets, the Centre should begin vaccination of these above 50 years and people with comorbidities earlier in order that the state of affairs may be in management. When we’ve a major device for prevention and vaccine corporations have assured us of satisfactory manufacturing, the Union authorities ought to act quick. There’s a spurt in circumstances in pockets of Marathwada and Vidarbha.”
Right here is an outline of measures that authorities are taking to curb the current spike in coronavirus circumstances:
Whereas the Brihanmumbai Municipal Company (BMC) is reportedly not planning to impose a lockdown, it issued a contemporary set of tips and COVID-19 protocol on Thursday.
The municipal physique is ready to take stringent motion towards individuals caught with out masks, and towards these flouting the foundations of house isolation, weddings and public gatherings.
The directives additionally mentioned that buildings with 5 or extra circumstances will probably be sealed.
The BMC has determined to nominate 300 marshals to take motion towards passengers travelling with out masks in suburban trains. The order additionally directed to extend the variety of marshals to 48,000 with a view to catch 25,000 offenders on daily basis.
Apart from marshals, the police too will in a position to take motion towards offenders. MCGM academics too have been roped in to make sure the usage of masks in MCGM-run buildings and take punitive motion towards offenders.
Orders have additionally been handed to raid marriage halls, golf equipment, eating places, and so on, to make sure that COVID-19 norms are adopted. “Motion shall even be initiated towards organisers and managements/institutions flouting guidelines laid down for organising weddings,” the order mentioned.
Passengers coming to Mumbai from Brazil will probably be put in obligatory seven-day institutional quarantine.
The order additionally mentioned that the variety of exams will probably be elevated in wards seeing an increase within the variety of circumstances.
The brand new directives had been introduced following a video convention of all further municipal commissioners, zonal joint commissioners, deputy commissioners and assistant commissioners of all ward places of work together with involved officers.
The Pune administration will impose a nice of Rs 500 on individuals not sporting masks. Second-time offenders will probably be charged Rs 1,000, The Instances of India reported.
District Collector Rajesh Deshmukh has additionally ordered the deployment of a flying squad to observe gatherings at wedding ceremony halls and eating places.
“Directions have been issued to each the Municipal Firms (Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad) and the agricultural areas to strictly implement the rules for the prevention of COVID-19 unfold. There ought to be no pointless gathering and restrictions will probably be additional imposed if these tips usually are not strictly adopted.
“Nevertheless, no curfew has been imposed within the district,” the report quoted Deshmukh as saying.
Maharashtra deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar will reportedly maintain a assessment assembly on the COVID-19 state of affairs within the Pune district on Sunday.
A weekend lockdown will probably be in impact within the Amravati and Akola districts from 8 pm on Saturday to 7 am on Monday, in a bid to restrict crowding within the markets over the weekend, Livemint reported. Solely important companies will stay unaffected.
“In view of a spurt in COVID-19 circumstances, I’ve determined to impose a weekend lockdown within the district. To keep away from any stricter lockdown sooner or later, I enchantment to individuals to observe COVID-19 applicable behaviour,” Amravati district collector Shailesh Naval mentioned.
Naval mentioned on weekdays, all institutions, together with inns and eating places, would keep open solely until 8 pm (from earlier 10 pm).
He mentioned through the weekend lockdown all markets and different institutions will stay shut. “Swimming swimming pools and indoor video games, too, will stay closed, whereas solely 5 individuals will probably be allowed at spiritual ceremonies,” he mentioned.
The Yavatmal district administration has introduced a 10-day lockdown from 18 February.
District Collector MD Singh mentioned the variety of COVID-19 circumstances within the district was growing since 1 February. Virtually 80 to 90 % of recent circumstances within the district had been being reported from Yavatmal, Pandharkawda and Pusad cities, he mentioned.
“We now have determined to conduct round 500 exams per day in Yavatmal, Pandharkawda and Pusad municipal firms. At present we’re ordering lockdown in Yavatmal district until 28 February,” PTI quoted Singh as saying.
Researchers mentioned they discovered two new mutations in coronavirus samples from Amravati and Yavatmal districts this week. They added that the mutations are able to escaping neutralising antibodies.
Nevertheless, in not one of the samples for which genome sequencing was carried out, the UK, South African or Brazilian strains of the virus had been discovered, he added.
Nagpur authorities additionally reimposed COVID-19 restrictions amid a surge in circumstances. On Friday, the district recorded a “main” surge of infections, with 754 individuals testing optimistic.
In its contemporary order, the Nagpur Municipal Company (NMC) has ordered that colleges, schools, and training courses will stay shut and that no spiritual occasions will probably be allowed.
It has additionally imposed a 50 % restriction on the capability in wedding ceremony halls and mentioned that solely 20 individuals will probably be allowed in funerals. The directive additionally mentioned that folks below house quarantine will probably be stamped on their fingers.
Within the Wardha district, markets will probably be made to shut by 7 pm and eateries will solely be open until 9 pm, Hindustan Instances reported.
With inputs from PTI
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