Maharashtra's Amravati placed under 1-week complete lockdown

by National | 21-02-2021 | 2445 views

Mumbai: Maharashtra government has announced one-week complete lockdown from Monday in Amravati district, excluding Achalpur city, amid rise in COVID-19 cases in the state. Only essential services will be allowed in the district during the period. This came after Maharashtra reported over 6,000 fresh COVID-19 cases on Saturday, of which about 27% were recorded within Mumbai and Amravati civic limits.

Amid a spike in India's active COVID-19 cases this week, the Centre on Sunday asked states and union territories to ramp up testing. It has advised the states to focus on five key areas that include increasing the proportion of RT-PCR tests and regularly monitoring the mutant strains. The number of active cases in the country has reached 1,45,634.

BMC on Sunday lodged police complaint against four Dubai returnees for returning to their homes without completing the seven-day mandatory quarantine for international travellers. BMC said the four people were staying at an Andheri hotel that the former had arranged for their quarantine. However, when doctors went to check up on them the next day, all four were found missing.

One more school was shut down in Pune on Saturday after two students tested COVID-19 positive. "All teachers and students who attended school have been asked to monitor symptoms and get tested, if needed," Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) Additional Commissioner Suresh Jagtap said. Notably, two schools were ordered shut last week after a teacher and a student contracted COVID-19, respectively.

The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has fined 44 eateries in the last three days for violating COVID-19 guidelines, Municipal Commissioner Vikram Kumar said. Some of the 44 eateries have been fined ₹5,000, while others have been fined and sealed, he added. PMC has appointed two inspection squads in each ward office to ensure prevention norms are followed.


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