Mumbai: As Covid cases are on rise in Maharashtra, the state recorded another horrific surge with 229 cases from a single hostel in a school in Washim district. The school has now been turned into a containment zone after 225 students and four teachers were found infected with deadly virus.
The school has over 300 students from the Vidarbha region, mostly from Amravati and Yavatmal– two districts that have contributed to a spike in virus cases in recent weeks. Moreover, students had joined the Washim hostel on February 14 after which twenty one students were tested positive in the first few days, following which all 327 students of the school were made to take RT-PCR tests.
Earlier this week, another hostel in Latur district of Marathwada had also reported its 39 students and five employees positive for the virus.
On Wednesday, Maharashtra recorded over 8,800 new cases in a single day, the biggest spike in four months.
To control the situation, the state government and Mumbai police have also warned of strict measures if people do not follow Covid protocol and restrictions. Because of the rising cases, religious, social and political gatherings have also been banned.
Washim was recently in the news over defying Covid restrictions after a large gathering was reported near a temple on Tuesday. Scores of supporters of Shiv Sena minister Sanjay Rathod, whose name has been linked by the opposition to the death of a woman, had gathered near the temple as he visited the shrine.
Later, state Chief Minister and Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray ordered action against those who violated Covid rules and sought a report from the officials and the police. Mr Thackeray, also stressed that the rules were same for all.
The Maharashtra state is once again following strict Corona measures with 80 deaths reported only on Wednesday. Till now, the number of Covid cases in the state has reached 21,21,119 with 51,937 deaths.
Meanwhile, Uddhav Thackeray said a decision on imposing another lockdown would be taken on the basis of public behavior in the next few days.