Mumbai: The cases of COVID-19 are sharply increasing in the state and the tally has reached to almost 2.31-lakh with the addition of 6,875 new cases, while 219 deaths – 68 of them in Mumbai – took the toll to 9,667 in last 24 hours.
The state had also reported coronavirus infections among several inmates and staff in three new jails in Maharashtra, taking the number of affected prisons to 13 and Covid-19 cases in state prisons to 762, which includes 166 staff members. These numbers include 132 new cases among inmates of Nagpur Central Jail.
On the other hand, as a measure to arrest the spread of Coronavirus, a 10-day lockdown will be imposed in Pune, neighbouring Pimpri-Chinchwad and a few other parts of the district from July 14. The district reported a record rise of 1,803 Covid-19 cases in last 24 hours taking the tally to 34,399, while the toll rose to 978. A lockdown with minimal exemptions that is in force in Thane city till July 12 has also been extended till July 19.
Similarly, a curfew will also be imposed in Nanded district from the next week to check the rise in coronavirus cases. With 34 people testing positive for the virus Friday morning, total number of cases in the district surged to 558. The curfew will start on the midnight of July 12 and continue till the July 20 midnight.
The Maharashtra minister Ashok Chavan who belongs to Nanded, was infected with the virus a few days ago. He was later admitted to a private nursing home in Mumbai and was discharged only after his report came as negative.