MUMBAI: A complete lockdown has been imposed by the authorities in Maharashtra’s Nagpur district from March 15- 21 due to an alarming increase in COVID-19 cases in the state, on Thursday.
The essential services will, however, be allowed during the lockdown, according to the order issued by the Nagpur district administration.
Medical stores and other emergency services will continue to be exempted from the restrictions during this 7-days lockdown, the order said.
“Complete lockdown to remain imposed in Nagpur City Police Commissionerate area from March 15 to March 21. Essential services will continue,” Nagpur Guardian Minister Nitin Raut said.
Meanwhile, 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.
During the night curfew, restaurants and bars will serve customers till 9 PM only. However, home delivery will be allowed up to 10 PM. Medical stores and other emergency services will continue to be exempted from the restrictions.
On Sunday, the Aurangabad district had ordered night restrictions from 9 pm to 6 am to be effective from March 11 to April 4. The Maharashtra Minister Eknath Shinde had hinted that there will be a full lockdown on weekends in the district most affected by the deadly virus.
According to official reports, malls and weekly markets in these districts will be shut, weddings and public functions disallowed and restaurants will have to be shut at 9 pm.
On Wednesday, Maharashtra, the worst-affected state of the lot, reported 13,659 Covid-19 cases, its first one-day spike in excess of 13,000 in 2021 and highest in 154 days. The state has till date recorded 2,252,057 infections.