Curfew in Buldhana, section 144 imposed in Akola
Just when citizens started to resume to thier normal life after months of the COVID scare, the pandemic has started surging again in many districts. As per the information the districts that had less than 50 new positive cases a day around a month ago are now recording cases in three digits. The situation is becoming alarming and has put the administration on alert once again.
Around 21 of the 36 districts in Maharashtra have been witnessing rapid rise in number of new patients from last one week. These 21 districts include Nagpur, Amravati, Akola, Buldana, Wardha and Yavatmal where the rate of increase in cases is more than 4 percent. There are rumours that a lockdown may come into action but for now the civic authorities are imposing serious restrictions to stop the situation from spiraling out of control.
Taking cognisance of the situation, administration of Buldhana district announced a curfew in the district on Wednesday. It has also issued orderd for schools and private coaching classes to remain closed till February 28. The curfew prohibits the gathering of more than four people.
Wardha district is also experiencing a positivity rate of 15.63 percent for the first time and the Chief Minister Uddhav Thackray in an online meeting with all the district collectors asked them to look into the causes and take preventive measures.The Collector later held a meeting with heads of var- ious departments and gave necessary instruction.
In Akola the district administration has imposed section 144 of CrPc, 1973 and Mumbai Police Act, 1951 and section 188 IPC 19690 in the district to restrict the assemble of people at a place to control the virus.
Yavatmal’s, Pusad and Pandharkawada are the worst hit tehsils in the district. The Collector here has called for at least 500 swab sample tests every day in each of these tehsilsi including 70 percent RTPCRs and 30 percent RATs. He also said that a lockdown may be implemented at these three places in necessary.