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Lockdown in Nagpur extended till March 31; essential shops can open till 4 pm

By Priyanka Verma 
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Taking note of the rapidly rising Coivid-19 cases in Nagpur, district authorities on Saturday decided to extend the ongoing lockdown in the city till March 31. Complete lockdown had been imposed in Nagpur city from March 15 to 21.

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As per the lockdown extension order in Nagpur, all schools will remain closed while main markets will remain open only till 4 pm.

“In wake of increasing Covid-19 cases, restrictions (lockdown) will continue in Nagpur till March 31. Vegetables and other essentials shops to remain open till 4 pm,” Dr Nitin Raut, Guardian Minister, Nagpur said, adding that essential services will continue.

He added that during the lockdown in Nagpur, restaurants will remain open until 7 pm while online food delivery will be allowed until 11 pm.

“Schools and colleges will remain closed till March 31. The scheduled examinations will be conducted with Covid-19 guidelines,” he said.

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On Friday, Nagpur recorded 3,235 new Covid-19 cases and 35 deaths, taking the total case tally in the district to 1,85,787 and the toll to 4,563.

As on Friday, Nagpur district had 25,569 active cases, one of the highest in Maharashtra.

Raut stressed that lockdown is not the solution to deal with the Covid resurgence in the state, however, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had on Friday said that a lockdown is an option but he trusts people to follow the norms on their own.

The Guardian Minister further informed that a separate standard operating procedure will be issued for the festival of Holi, which will be observed on March 28-29.

On March 15, authorities imposed a week-long lockdown in Nagpur to check spread of Covid-19.

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Hundreds of persons were fined for not wearing masks and vehicles were detained for violating the lockdown norms.

Authorities have advised people to avoid leaving home unless necessary so that the chain of infection can be broken.

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