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Maha’tra under restrictions as Pune records 6 deaths, 1,176 new cases in last 24 hrs

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Pune: Maharashtra government implements Covid guidelines more rigorously as deadly viral infection takes 6 lives and infects over 1,176 people in the last 24 hours on Sunday. In view of surge in the number of Covid cases, the state Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray prohibited all the political, religious, and social gatherings in the state from Monday.

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According to Health Department, Pune Zilha Parishad on Sunday, the death toll due to COVID-19 mounted to 9,183, while the overall positive cases stand at 3,98,607 including 7,355 active cases.

Whereas, the total number of COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra has reached 21,00,884 with the addition of 6,971 new COVID-19 cases and 35 deaths in  the last 24 hours, as per the state health department. The death toll in the state has risen to 51,788 with the addition of 35 deaths.

The latest data till Sunday evening reported that a total of 19,94,947 people have recovered from the corona infection in the state, with 2,417 additional recoveries, while the number of active cases stands at 52,956.

Meanwhile, all the educational institutions have been announced to close to curb the sudden rise in COVID-19 cases, the district administration of Pune city said. The city also imposed a night curfew from 11 pm to 6 am to disallow public movement except for those involved in essential services.

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Talking about the situation in the state, CM Uddhav Thackeray stated that the coming eight days will decide whether there will be a lockdown in Maharashtra or not. In a video address, CM Thackeray said, “Do you want lockdown? The next eight days will decide. Maharashtra has reported around 7,000 COVID cases today. If the COVID-19 situation deteriorates, then we have to impose lockdown.”

“Those who want a lockdown can roam around without mask while those who do not want it must wear a mask and follow all the rules.”With reference to the state government`s campaign against COVID-19 “my family, my responsibility”, the chief minister also introduced a new slogan “I am responsible”.

Imposing a ban on all the political, religious and social gatherings in the state, Uddhav Thackeray also announced, “The pandemic is raising its head in the state, but whether it is another wave or not, it will be known in eight to fifteen days.”

He further said that the lockdown may not be the solution to Coronavirus, but it is the only option to break the cycle of the virus, adding “Lockdown is not the way out, but stopping physical contact is the way to break the transmission chain. A century ago, there was the Spanish Flu. Then also masking up, washing hands, maintaining physical distancing was the strategy used.”

Notably, in districts of Amravati, and Yavatmal of Maharashtra, Covid restrictions were put in place, where a 10-day lockdown was announced in Yavatmal, while weekend lockdown was imposed in Amravati. The authorities have warned that the lockdown could be extended if people do not follow COVID-19 norms.

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The district will also witness a partial closure of Restaurants, hotels which will remain open between 8 am to 9.30 pm, while markets and shops will be allowed to operate till 8 pm. While, Cinema houses, gyms, swimming pools, parks and gatherings for entertainment, educational, cultural, religious purposes etc will not be permitted.

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