Maharashtra, the worst COVID-19 hit state in India, banned political, spiritual, and social gatherings and imposed a brand new lockdown in some areas on Sunday amid a spike in COVID-19 confirmed circumstances.

Maharashtra’s Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray mentioned that the day by day COVID-19 circumstances within the state had risen to virtually 7,000 from about 2,000 in January. He additionally demanded stricter measures from Monday to comprise the unfold of the virus in Maharashtra’s 4 districts and added that the brand new COVID-related restrictions may very well be imposed past these districts if wanted.

Uddhav Thackeray in a televised tackle mentioned, “The second wave has been knocking on our door. Whether or not it has come or not will probably be confirmed within the subsequent eight to fifteen days.”

Maharashtra on Sunday reported 6,971 new COVID-19 confirmed circumstances, whereas 2,417 individuals recovered from the virus up to now 24 hours. In line with the state’s well being minister Rajesh Tope, Maharashtra’s COVID-19 rely has now surged to 21,00,884 of which 19,94,947 have recovered and 51,788 have succumbed to the virus. The state nonetheless has 52,956 lively corona virus circumstances.

Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray introduced that every one the political, spiritual, and social gatherings will probably be prohibited within the state from Monday. He mentioned that the political agitations is not going to be allowed for the following few days as they entice the gang. Thackeray said, “The pandemic is elevating its head within the state, however whether or not it’s one other wave or not, it is going to be recognized in eight to fifteen days.”

The Maharashtra CM added that the lockdown might not be the answer to COVID-19, however it’s the solely possibility to interrupt the cycle of the virus. He mentioned, “Lockdown just isn’t the best way out, however stopping bodily contact is the best way to interrupt the transmission chain. A century in the past, there was the Spanish Flu. Then additionally masking up, washing fingers, preserve bodily distancing was the technique used.”

Uddhav Thackeray mentioned that COVID-appropriate behaviour is a should and people violating the foundations will probably be punished. He famous {that a} face masks is the one “defend” within the struggle in opposition to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Maharashtra’s Amravati will probably be positioned beneath a week-long lockdown from Monday 8 pm, mentioned Cupboard Minister Yashomati Thakur. Solely important providers will probably be allowed to perform within the space and the authorities additional warned that the lockdown may very well be prolonged if individuals don’t observe COVID-19 norms. Cinema homes, gyms, swimming swimming pools, parks will stay shut and gatherings for leisure, instructional, cultural, spiritual functions, and many others is not going to be permitted.

Other than the 7-day lockdown in Amravati, sure restrictions will probably be in place in 4 different districts of the Amravati division particularly Akola, Washim, Buldhana, and Yavatmal.

The district administration in Pune metropolis introduced to shut all the academic establishments to curb the sudden rise in COVID-19 circumstances. Town additionally imposed an evening curfew, the place, from 11 pm to six am, no public motion will probably be allowed apart from these concerned in important providers.

The Centre on Sunday directed states to extend the surveillance and conduct extra RT-PCR exams. India has been witnessing rising COVID-19 circumstances over the previous few days and the whole lively caseload elevated to 1,45,634 on Sunday.