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As Covid-19 Cases Rise, Closure Announced in Multiple Districts | India News


NEW DELHI: India’s Covid-19 count stood at 1,12,44,786 with 15,388 new cases reported as of Tuesday morning, the Union Health Ministry said. The death toll from the viral disease has risen to 1.57,930 with 77 more deaths, according to data updated at 8 am by the ministry.
After registering an increase for six consecutive days, the number of active Covid-19 cases has dropped to 1.87,462, which represents only 1.67 percent of the total number of cases in the country. The fatality rate has been reduced to 1.40 percent.
However, a sudden increase in some states has led the administration to impose partial closures in certain districts.
Maharashtra: Nashik administration imposes restrictions
The Nashik district administration imposed various restrictions starting Tuesday after the number of Covid-19 cases rose by 675 to hit 1,26,570 on Monday.
The day also saw six people dying from the infection and 389 recovering. The district’s total toll is 2,140 and the number of registered people is 1,20,204, he added.
With 2,182 samples tested Monday, the total number of tests at Nashik rose to 5,61,783.
The district administration imposed restrictions in view of the increasing number of cases after Prime Minister Uddhav Thackeray reviewed the situation.
“It is not a blockade. Only some restrictions have been put in place to prevent an increase in the number of cases,” said collector Suraj Mandhare later in the evening.
According to the Mandhare order, all stores and establishments, except those dedicated to essential services, will be closed from 7 pm to 7 am, while the permit rooms will operate at 50 percent of their capacity and the shutters will be closed. they will close at 9 pm
Places of worship will remain open from 7 am to 7 pm and will be closed on weekends.
Schools, colleges and training classes in Nashik, Malegaon, Niphad and Nandgaon will remain closed from March 10 until further orders, although classes for standards X and XII will continue due to upcoming board examinations.
The closure of educational institutions in the city of Nashik was ordered until March 15 a few days ago.
Pre-scheduled exams such as UPSC and MPSC will be held, he added.
Marriage functions that got permission before will be allowed to run until March 15, after which no new go-ahead will be granted, an official said.
Maharashtra: Limited Lockdown at 16 Thane Access Points
Thane Municipal Corporation announced late Monday a “limited closure” or micro-containment zones at 16 local access points through March 31.
Some of the prominent areas, with their defined boundaries, under blockade are Aainagar Kalwa, Chendani Koliwada, Srinagar, Runwal Garden City Balkum, Hiranandani Estate, Shivai Nagar, and Runwal Nagar Kolbad.
All commercial units would be closed except for essential services such as pharmacies, dairies, groceries and other notified units that will be operational during the period, according to district authorities.
As of Monday morning, the Thane District case count was 2,69,845, including 6,302 deaths.
Punjab: fourteen sealed containment zones
Data analysis shows that the daily growth rate of cases in Punjab increased from 1% on February 20 to 2.5% on March 5.
The state reported as many as 1,074 new cases on March 4, the highest single-day count since October. In contrast, the rate for the whole of India has fallen from 0.7% to 0.9%.
The increase in cases has led to more micro-containment zones with 5 to 14 cases. The state now has a total of 14 containment zones, with a population of 5,109 under observation.
Ludhiana, Ferozepur and Amritsar each have three such zones, while there are two containment zones in Patiala and Jalandhar and one in Gurdaspur.
As a preventive measure, all these areas have been closed and restrictions on the movement of people have been imposed.
Punjab’s chief minister, Captain Amarinder Singh, held people responsible last week for the resurgence of cases as they disobeyed health warnings.
Urging people to take precautions, he said the government was closely monitoring the situation.

Times of India