Amid the exponentially increasing corona cases in the state, the Maharastra government on Friday stood as the first state to impose a second complete shutdown. Nagpur becomes the first city in the country to return to a week-long complete lockdown which starts on 15 March, will extend to adjoining areas of the district as well.
According to the order issued by the Nagpur district administration, only essential services hospitals, medical shops and grocery shops will be allowed during the lockdown.
The Maharashtra government had on Wednesday imposed night curfew in two districts – Kalyan Dombivli and Nandurbar, while Dhule district administration called for a four day ‘janata curfew’ which comes into effect from March 10 amid a surge in the coronavirus cases.
However, the vaccine drive will continue in Nagpur as planned, state cabinet minister Nitin Raut said. Numbers reveal that Pune, Thane, Mumbai, Amravati, Jalgaon, Nashik, and Aurangabad are the other districts under the health ministry’s scanner with the highest number of COVID cases from the past few weeks.
India has recorded more than 11 million cases and 157,000 deaths so far.