Nagpur : The District Administration has decided to keep all schools and colleges closed till March 7, 2021 in the wake of sharp increase of COVID-19 cases in the district for the last few days.
Announcing this here on Monday, the Nagpur district guardian minister Nitin Raut said that main markets and all weekly markets of Nagpur city will remain shut till March 7. However, hotels and restaurants can run at 50% capacity and these can function till 9pm. Raut said that marriage halls will also be closed from February 25 to March 7 following the pandemic.
Apart from this, the weddings and various other events in the Nagpur district will remain halt till March 7, 2021. The Nagpur district administration has requested the people to share their opinion on Lockdown till February 25, 2021.
Strict measures were adopted following more cases of Covid-19 surfaced. As many as 710 cases were reported in Nagpur district on Monday while eight deaths were reported in the last 24 hours. Raut’s announcement comes a day after chief minister Uddhav Thackeray issued a stern warning to the people about imposing a total lockdown if people don’t start wearing face masks and adhere to Covid-appropriate behaviour. He also held a meeting with the officials of district administration and gave them necessary instruction.
In view of the pandemic, Raut also cancelled the wedding reception party of his son, Kunal, one of the general secretaries of Maharashtra state youth Congress on February 21.
The decision of Lockdown has also been imposed on various districts across the state due to the rise in coronavirus cases recently. Yesterday, Pune District Administration issued guidelines for the lockdown in the city. A night curfew has been imposed between 11 pm, and 6 am after 849 people tested COVID positive in the city.
A strict week-long curfew was imposed in neighbouring Amravati district in the wake of an increase in coronavirus cases over the past few days. The Amravati district collector Shailesh Naval informed that a curfew will be imposed in Amravati Municipal Corporation and Achalpur Municipal Council limits from 8pm on February 22 to 6am on March 1. During this period, only those shops dealing in essential commodities will remain open from 8am to 3pm, he added.
The district administration of Akola and Buldhana will also impose curfew from February 23 to March 1 in view of increase of cases of deadly virus in these districts.
In one of the press conference held on Sunday, the Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray gave a stern warning to the public. He said if people do not behave responsively, there will be a lockdown across the state. He requested everyone to wear the mask and follow the COVID 19 guidelines.
The coronavirus rate in Maharashtra has increased from 4.7% to 8%. On February 21, a total of 6971 new cases were reported in the state.