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Maharashtra Reports Over 5,000 Fresh Infections; Mumbai Tightens Curbs

People at a railway station in Mumbai. (File photo/AP)

People at a railway station in Mumbai. (File photo/AP)

Mumbai has seen a spike in cases since local train services have resumed for the general public. On Wednesday, the city recorded 721 fresh cases, the highest single-day since January 7.

After imposing a strict clampdown in two Vidarbha districts, fresh curbs have also been announced for Mumbai as Maharashtra reported a 75-day high in fresh infections.

After a gap of 75 days, Maharashtra on Thursday reported more than 5,000 new Covid-19 cases, a sizable number of them coming from Akola and Nagpur divisions, a health department official said. With 5,427 new cases, the caseload in the state rose to 20,81,520 while 38 fatalities took the death toll due to the pandemic to 51,669, he said.

Mumbai too reported 736 cases on Thursday, taking its tally to 3,16,487, while four deaths pushed the fatality count to 11,432.

Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) chief IS Chahal has also issued fresh guidelines in Mumbai amid rising cases of Covid-19. These include sealing buildings with five or more Covid-positive patients.

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"Stamps will be put on back of the hands of the patients staying at home quarantine. 300 marshals will be hired to keep an eye on people travelling in local trains without face mask. Besides, additional marshals will be hired to keep an eye on violators in Mumbai," guidelines issued by the BMC stated.

The Maharashtra government has imposed strict curbs on Sunday in Amravati and Yavatmal - districts in the Vidarbha region - from Saturday 8 pm to Monday 7 am, sources said.

"Owing to rising cases, lockdown declared in Amravati District from Saturday 8pm to Monday 7 am," said Shelesh Naval, District Collector, Amravati.

While in Yavatmal, the district collector said, only a partial lockdown will be imposed and large public gatherings won't be allowed, Amravati will face a complete lockdown for the day.

In Yavatmal, schools and colleges will remain closed till February 28. Restaurants, function halls will operate at half capacity. Marriage ceremonies, too, will be held with less than 50 per cent capacity, assembly of 5 or more people will not be allowed, said Yavatmal District Collector MD Singh.

Restrictions are being put in place in Yavatmal district due to rising COVID19 cases. It is not a lockdown, Singh was quoted by ANI as saying.

As the lockdown will be imposed in Yavatmal from Saturday, the district administration has also denied permission for a “Maha Panchayat” of Rakesh Tikait scheduled for February 20.

first published:February 18, 2021, 09:04 IST