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Covid-19 cases re-surge in Maharashtra, other states follow
By Susmita Ghosh The presence of a new strain of the Covid-19 virus is reported in India, especially in Maharashtra where the coronavirus cases are once again rising in the country. The number of cases has been rising steadfast since the last seven days, though the rate of growth is not as steep as it was during the peak of the pandemic. Maharashtra logged the biggest jump in the last three months of nearly 7,000 new Covid-19 cases. New coronavirus guidelines including lockdowns and night curfews across various regions in the state have been announced by the Maharashtra government. The metropolitan city of Mumbai which has recorded a 36.38 percent rise in active Covid-19 cases since February 8, saw 760 new cases after reporting over 900 infections daily for two consecutive days. Maharashtra and other states with high Covid-19 caseload have been sent a letter from the Centre, asking them to augment the efforts to combat the deadly disease. Maharashtra health minister Rajesh Tope has tested positive for Covid-19. He said another lockdown would be “unaffordable” and wrote a letter urging people of the state to follow Covid-19 restrictions. Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday said that on account of the rising Covid-19 cases, religious, social and political gatherings will be prohibited in the state from Monday. One of the worst-affected districts in Maharashtra is Amravati. The district has already been placed under a week-long lockdown from 8 pm today. Yashomati Thakur, Amravati’s guardian minister said that the lockdown will be in force till 8 am on March 1. He further stated that during the lockdown, all the shops will remain shut, except those dealing with essential commodities. The government and private educational institutions, private coaching classes, training schools as well would also remain closed. “People can buy items for daily necessities from 9 am to 5 pm,” said Thakur. Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat enforced Thermal screening to people coming from Maharashtra. The Health Minister of Karnataka, K. Sudhakar asked people to exercise prudence against negligence and towards following COVID protocols. He stated that stricter steps would be implemented if the number of cases increase. The marshals would be deployed to monitor weddings.
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