The state authorities has additionally determined to strategy the Centre for permission to start the third section of the vaccination drive sooner than the scheduled date
The Maharashtra authorities has imposed restrictions in a number of districts to curb an increase within the COVID-19 circumstances this week. On Friday, the state reported 6,112 new cases within the span of 24 hours, which is the best single-day spike within the final three months.
Authorities in locations like Nashik, Nagpur, Wardha, Yavatmal, Amravati, Akola and Buldhana have resorted to weekend lockdowns and evening curfews to attempt to management the sudden surge of circumstances.
In Mumbai and Pune, authorities tightened restrictions on gatherings and stated that there aren’t any plans to impose any lockdown restrictions within the cities but.
The state authorities has additionally reportedly determined to strategy the Centre for permission to start the third section of the vaccination drive sooner than the scheduled date. The third section of inoculation has been deliberate for folks above the age of 50 and other people with comorbidities and is about to start in March.
The Times of India quoted Maharashtra technical advisor Dr Subhash Salunkhe as saying, “In Maharashtra and Kerala, the place there is a rise in circumstances in pockets, the Centre should begin vaccination of these above 50 years and people with comorbidities earlier in order that the state of affairs might be in management. When we’ve got a main device for prevention and vaccine corporations have assured us of enough manufacturing, the Union authorities ought to act quick. There is a spurt in circumstances in pockets of Marathwada and Vidarbha.”
Here is an summary of measures that authorities are taking to curb the latest spike in coronavirus circumstances:
While the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is reportedly not planning to impose a lockdown, it issued a contemporary set of tips and COVID-19 protocol on Thursday.
The municipal physique is about to take stringent motion in opposition to folks caught with out masks, and in opposition to these flouting the foundations of residence isolation, weddings and public gatherings.
The directives additionally stated that buildings with 5 or extra circumstances can be sealed.
The BMC has determined to nominate 300 marshals to take motion in opposition to passengers travelling with out masks in suburban trains. The order additionally directed to extend the variety of marshals to 48,000 with a purpose to catch 25,000 offenders every single day.
Besides marshals, the police too will capable of take motion in opposition to offenders. MCGM lecturers too have been roped in to make sure the usage of masks in MCGM-run buildings and take punitive motion in opposition to offenders.
Orders have additionally been handed to raid marriage halls, golf equipment, eating places, and many others, to make sure that COVID-19 norms are adopted. “Action shall also be initiated against organisers and managements/establishments flouting rules laid down for organising weddings,” the order stated.
Passengers coming to Mumbai from Brazil can be put in obligatory seven-day institutional quarantine.
The order additionally stated that the variety of checks can be elevated in wards seeing an increase within the variety of circumstances.
The new directives had been introduced following a video convention of all further municipal commissioners, zonal joint commissioners, deputy commissioners and assistant commissioners of all ward workplaces together with involved officers.
The Pune administration will impose a tremendous of Rs 500 on folks not carrying masks. Second-time offenders can be charged Rs 1,000, The Times of India reported.
District Collector Rajesh Deshmukh has additionally ordered the deployment of a flying squad to watch gatherings at wedding ceremony halls and eating places.
“Instructions have been issued to both the Municipal Corporations (Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad) and the rural areas to strictly implement the guidelines for the prevention of COVID-19 unfold. There needs to be no pointless gathering and restrictions can be additional imposed if these tips aren’t strictly adopted.
“However, no curfew has been imposed in the district,” the report quoted Deshmukh as saying.
Maharashtra deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar will reportedly maintain a evaluation assembly on the COVID-19 state of affairs within the Pune district on Sunday.
A weekend lockdown can be in impact within the Amravati and Akola districts from eight pm on Saturday to 7 am on Monday, in a bid to restrict crowding within the markets over the weekend, Livemint reported. Only important companies will stay unaffected.
“In view of a spurt in COVID-19 circumstances, I’ve determined to impose a weekend lockdown within the district. To keep away from any stricter lockdown sooner or later, I enchantment to folks to observe COVID-19 acceptable behaviour,” Amravati district collector Shailesh Naval stated.
Naval stated on weekdays, all institutions, together with lodges and eating places, would keep open solely until eight pm (from earlier 10 pm).
He stated throughout the weekend lockdown all markets and different institutions will stay shut. “Swimming pools and indoor games, too, will remain closed, while only five people will be allowed at religious ceremonies,” he stated.
The Yavatmal district administration has introduced a 10-day lockdown from 18 February.
District Collector MD Singh stated the variety of COVID-19 circumstances within the district was growing since 1 February. Almost 80 to 90 p.c of latest circumstances within the district had been being reported from Yavatmal, Pandharkawda and Pusad cities, he stated.
“We have decided to conduct around 500 tests per day in Yavatmal, Pandharkawda and Pusad municipal corporations. Today we are ordering lockdown in Yavatmal district till 28 February,” PTI quoted Singh as saying.
However, in not one of the samples for which genome sequencing was executed, the UK, South African or Brazilian strains of the virus had been discovered, he added.
Nagpur authorities additionally reimposed COVID-19 restrictions amid a surge in circumstances. On Friday, the district recorded a “major” surge of infections, with 754 folks testing optimistic.
In its contemporary order, the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has ordered that colleges, schools, and training lessons will stay shut and that no non secular occasions can be allowed.
It has additionally imposed a 50 p.c restriction on the capability in wedding ceremony halls and stated that solely 20 folks can be allowed in funerals. The directive additionally stated that folks beneath residence quarantine can be stamped on their arms.
In the Wardha district, markets can be made to shut by 7 pm and eateries will solely be open until 9 pm, Hindustan Times reported.
With inputs from PTI