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 instances.

Maharashtra’s Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray mentioned that the day by day COVID-19 instances within the state had risen to nearly 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 handle mentioned, “The second wave has been knocking on our door. Whether or not it has come or not might be confirmed within the subsequent eight to fifteen days.”

Maharashtra on Sunday reported 6,971 new COVID-19 confirmed instances, whereas 2,417 folks recovered from the virus previously 24 hours. Based on the state’s well being minister Rajesh Tope, Maharashtra’s COVID-19 depend 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 energetic corona virus instances.

Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray introduced that each one the political, spiritual, and social gatherings might be prohibited within the state from Monday. He mentioned that the political agitations is not going to be allowed for the subsequent few days as they entice the group. Thackeray acknowledged, “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 identified in eight to fifteen days.”

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

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

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

Aside from the 7-day lockdown in Amravati, sure restrictions might be in place in 4 different districts of the Amravati division specifically Akola, Washim, Buldhana, and Yavatmal.

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

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